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  • Malaysian Chinese Association is a uni-racial political party in Malaysia that represents the Malaysian Chinese ethnicity; it is one of the three major component parties of the ruling coalition in Malaysia called the Barisan Nasional in Malay, or National Front in English. Along with the largest and third largest component party in BN, i.e. United Malays National Organisation and Malaysian Indian Congress, MCA has a strong influence over the political arena in Malaysia. Through its substantial holding of companies such as Huaren Holdings, MCA controls two significant media press companies. Malaysia's best-selling English newspaper and one of the best-selling Chinese newspapers in West Malaysia are controlled by MCA. Over the years, the domination of media press caused major resentments in the sub-divided party, with a so-called "Team B" of the MCA and the press reporters for breaching freedom of the press in the country. MCA performed poorly in the last two elections, securing only 15 seats in 2008 and decreasing its share to only 7 seats in 2013. This, along with continued factionalism has raised concerns over the party's relevance in the Malaysian political arena.

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