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‘MCA-Gerakan Unity A Key Facet’

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TELUK INTAN: MCA and Gerakan must continue to work together and move as a strong team at the grassroots level to produce winnable candidates for the parliamentary seat here in the next general election.

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said victory would not be possible without close co-operation between the two parties.

“We have to start making early preparations for GE14 as we are about to enter our fourth year since the last election.

“It has been a long fight for MCA in Teluk Intan and we are hoping to secure at least one state constituency, which is Pasir Bedamar.

“I believe that with Gerakan and MCA working hand in hand at the early stages, we will be able to bring an even more resounding victory for Barisan Nasional once again,” he told a press conference after the opening of the Sheng Fong Kong Temple’s new archway here yesterday.

Also present was Gerakan president and Teluk Intan MP Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

Liow said the parliamentary constituency by-election held here two years ago was a testament to MCA and Gerakan’s strength when they had each other’s support.

“We had each other’s backs during the two-week campaigning period.

“Since winning the seat, Mah has brought many new developments to the area and the people of Teluk Intan.

“I urge residents to continue giving their strongest support to their MP, as he has shown the Government’s highest commitment in working for the well-being of the community here,” he said.

On Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Jamal Yunos’ announcement that more Chinese and Indians were expected to join the Red Shirt 2.0 rally, Liow said it was important for the people to follow and respect the Peaceful Assembly Act.

“It doesn’t matter whether you are wearing red shirts or yellow shirts. Respect the law for the sake of the nation’s peace and harmony,” he said.

Jamal claimed yesterday that at least 40% of the supporters for the rally, to be held simultaneously with the Bersih 5 rally, were Chinese. The date of the rallies has yet to be determined.

Speaking on another matter, Liow, who is also Transport Minister, said the Finance Ministry was currently reviewing an appropriate taxing system for Uber and Grabcar as registered companies.

“This is not a matter of pilih kasih (favouritism). It is already a written law that when you operate businesses in the country, you must pay taxes.

“What is more important for us is to ensure that taxi, Uber and Grabcar drivers can work on the same platform with the same advantages,” he said.

Liow also said taxi drivers should welcome the Government’s move to deregulate them, as this would enable them to become more flexible and competitive.

“Taxi drivers will have to change their mindsets and welcome the use of new technology to move forward,” he said, adding that the Land Public Transport Commission would continue to work with taxi associations on the new plan.

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