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BN yet to receive application from MCA to exit coalition: Zahid

02 Dec 2018 / 21:27 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional has not received any official application from MCA to exit the coalition, according to its chairman, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pix).

The Umno president said any decision taken by the core BN component would be respected.

“We hope whatever decision they take will be communicated to us for further action,“ he said after chairing a meeting with BN senators, here today.

He was commenting on the resolution adopted by MCA at its annual general meeting, which ended today, that called for MCA to quit the coalition.

Umno and MCA founded BN’s predecessor, the Alliance, before MIC became a member. The coalition was later joined by other parties and was renamed BN in 1973.

BN lost in the 14th general election on May 9 to the opposition Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Both MCA and MIC received a severe drubbing in GE14.

On another matter, Ahmad Zahid said MIC would be given the chance to contest the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat if a by-election is held there.

On Friday, the Election Court nullified the GE14 result for the seat, which was won by an MIC candidate, on the grounds that bribery was involved to induce voters to vote for him.

The candidate, MIC vice-president Datuk C. Sivarraajh, has announced that he would be appealing the decision.

He had defeated DAP candidate M. Manogaran and three other candidates in the contest.

Manogaran had filed the successful petition to the Election Court to nullify the result. — Bernama

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