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Malaysian Chinese Association urged to protect Chinese interests
Publication Date : 07-12-2013
The Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) must be the first to voice out on the affairs of the Chinese community, said its youth chief Wee Ka Siong.
After the party’s bad performance in the recent general election, the people, he said, harboured a bad image of the party, perceiving it as weak and a pushover.
“We can no longer sit and wait for others to voice out on problems. We must take matters into our own hands. If we cannot solve matters relating to the Chinese community, what else is the party good for?
“The party has to be the first to stand up and say ‘no’ to issues that are not beneficial to the community even if it is against Barisan Nasional and Umno,” he said when addressing the crowd during a dinner with 18 state MCA divisions here on Thursday.
The division leaders had pledged their support for Dr Wee to run for the party’s number two post, and for Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai to be party president.
The MCA was a party with over 60 years of experience, Wee said, calling upon members to help regain its value in the people’s hearts.
“We do not have any more time to lose. No matter what the results of the party polls (on December 21), we have to continue and start working the very next day to gain more support for the 14th General Election,” he said.
There was also no place for factions in the party, said Dr Wee, adding that the party polls was not a platform for members to “kill off each other” but for them to choose the best and most capable leaders to lead the MCA towards a better future.
The MCA, he said, must let the Chinese community feel that it was working for its benefit, adding that the party must take back the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat, which was swapped with Umno for GE13, to win their hearts.
Wee also announced that Gelang Patah chief Jason Teoh and Pasir Gudang chief and former Johor Jaya assemblyman Tan Cher Puk would be contesting for places in the party’s central committee.