KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 – Moderation in politics as practised by the Barisan Nasional (BN) has always been the MCA’s principal conviction to take the party to the highest level. MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said moderation was proven by BN’s commitment in successfully uniting the people of various races despite the myriad of challenges and obstacles.
“MCA has been upholding moderation in politics since its establishment and its founder, Tun Tan Cheng Lock fought for moderation and unity under his leadership in the party,” he said. He said this in his presidential policy speech at the 61st MCA Annual General Assembly in Wisma MCA here today, which was officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
At the same time, Liow reminded all Malaysians to mutually respect one another despite their differences in opinions to avoid confrontation. He also viewed seriously certain quarters which were fond of inciting the politics of hate and running down the government as it could negatively impact national harmony. He said some groups were giving the people false hopes in their campaigns to only create confusion and unrest to the administration of the country.
In his policy speech, Liow also reminded the Chinese community not to lose sight or give up on MCA, when it should in fact, continue supporting the party for a new approach towards the younger generation of various races, and for the Chinese community to remain relevant. He gave his assurance that MCA would continue to harness its strength with a new spirit to focus on three aspects, namely political strength, economy and quality education, as well as culture.
Liow said to ensure the party continued to be relevant, MCA would implement its transformation programmes based on 11 core areas. The party is updating its membership list, and reforming party election process; election candidate selection mechanism; establishment of a permanent party election office; documentation of party history; reforming cadre training; and, making preparations for the general election.
Other matters included a study of public attitude and perception, strategy to approach youth and women and a reform of publicity and media methods, in line with MCA’s role in the government. “The transformation programme covers both internal and external MCA efforts on party struggles, including a comprehensive review of the party’s agenda,” said Liow.