Malayan Party

The Malayan Party (Malay: Parti Malaya, MP) was a political party in Malaysia.

HistoryEdit

The party was established by Tan Gee Gak on 24 October 1956 in Malacca with the support of the Federation of Chinese Guilds and Associations and the Malacca Chinese Chamber of Commerce (which Tan was president of).[1] Its formation was a response to concerns over the Alliance Party's stance on the constitution being drafted, and the party was deliberately established on United Nations Day to represent its support for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.[1] It also supported Malacca's status as a crown colony, which allowed Chinese greater rights than the Malay states.[1]

The party won seats in the 1956, 1957 and 1958 local elections in Malacca. Although it failed to win a seat in the 1959 state elections,[2] in the 1959 general elections it won one seat in Parliament, Tan winning in Malacca City.[1] However, the party disbanded in March 1964 when Tan rejoined the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA),[1] the party he had left to form the MP.[3]

General election resultsEdit

Election Total seats won Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Election leader
1959
1 / 104
13,404 0.87%  1 seat; Opposition Tan Gee Gak

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Haruhiro Fukui (1985) Political parties of Asia and the Pacific, Greenwood Press, pp742–743
  2. ^ Malayan Party is 'undeterred' The Straits Times, 26 May 1959
  3. ^ Kee Gak to rejoin MCA The Straits Times, 4 March 1964