NILAI, Feb 5 – MCA is streamlining its strategy and ground works in its efforts to regain the support of the people, especially the Chinese community in the coming 14th General Election (GE). Its Youth chief, Senator Chong Sin Woon said in recognising setbacks in MCA’s performance in the 13th GE, MCA was committed to capturing as much support from the Chinese community, as well as the fence-sitters.
“This time, we are making a more thorough and organised preparation for the coming general election. We have also gone to the ground in each constituency contested by MCA to study and plan the best strategy to regain those areas which we lost. We also have an indicator or scale which we will use to measure and evaluate the level of preparedness of our machinery in the areas concerned. What is important is for us to strengthen MCA and Barisan Nasional (BN),” he told Bernama when met here today.
Chong, who is also education deputy minister, said MCA was also targeting to win at least 10 parliamentary seats in the coming GE. In the 13th GE, MCA won only seven of 37 parliamentary seats and 11 of 90 state seats it contested. Elaborating, Chong said the target set was based on the current positive development of the community on the party. As for the state seat target, he added that they are still in the evaluation stage and it will be decided later.
Meanwhile, commenting on the role played by MCA in the Sarawak state election scheduled for this year, Chong said the party would cooperate closely with the Sarawak United Peoples’ Party and others, in terms of strategy and efforts to counter opposition slanders on the social media. Earlier, the Youth chief held a walkabout in Nilai town and distributed his Chinese New Year open house invitation cards, as well as mandarin oranges to traders and residents.