DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang has challenged MCA leaders to attend the People's Congress this coming Sunday.
He said MCA ministers and deputy ministers should attend the function to demonstrate their patriotism and love for Malaysia.
“If MCA ministers and deputy ministers dare to attend the March 27 People’s Congress on the Save Malaysia People’s Declaration, the congress convenor Zaid Ibrahim should have no problem in inviting one of their representatives to speak on their behalf at the Shah Alam event.
“Do MCA ministers and deputy ministers have the courage and conviction to demonstrate that they are prepared to transcend all racial, religious, regional and even political party interests and subordinate them to the larger national interest?” he asked in a statement today.
Lim was among the signatories of the Citizen's Declaration on March 4, a group dubbed the Save Malaysia coalition.
Former de facto law minister Zaid is to host the invitation-only event at the Shah Alam Convention Centre.
Political parties and civil society groups, as well as individual signatories to the Citizens' Declaration, are slated to attend.
"(Former prime minister) Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be delivering the key-note address and the other leaders present will debate it," Zaid told a press conference on March 17.
The event was previously reported as a gathering against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, but was later renamed 'The People's Congress 2016'.
There are currently three ministers and four deputy ministers from MCA.
The ministers are Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Wee Ka Siong, and International Trade and Industry II Ong Ka Chuan.
Its deputy ministers are in the Ministry of Finance (Chua Tee Yong), Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Lee Chee Leong), Women's Ministry (Chew Mei Fun) and Ministry of Education (Chong Sin Woon).