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Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 7:15:14 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has called for a change in the party to restore dignity and values to MCA in his presidential manifesto, which was unveiled here yesterday.
With the theme “For our next generation, chart a new course”, Liow, who is contesting for the top post at the Dec 21 election, said MCA should not be allowed to fade into oblivion in the next four years before the 14th general election. He said there was a need to strive to correct the public’s perception towards MCA.
“If I am elected as party president, I humbly seek your support to transform MCA and to re-establish dignity and integrity,” he said in his speech at the party headquarters. “I shall not rest until I have overcome all challenges to achieve these aims.”
Liow said the public, especially the Chinese community, wanted to see MCA serve as a strong and meaningful component party of the Barisan Nasional.
“We need to show we have a strong voice in the Government and can speak up for the Chinese community and solve its issues effectively,” he said, adding that the party would champion the rights of not only the Chinese community, but all Malaysians.
Liow said his team would “inform, reform and perform”, using transparent and effec-
tive communication, practising constructive instead of destructive politics and walking the talk.
At a press conference later, Liow promised to implement the recommendations of the MCA Transformation Taskforce Committee, adding that its contents would be discussed at the central committee meeting.
He brushed off concerns over a three-cornered fight between past president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, vice-president Gan Ping Sieu and himself, saying that he was confident that the delegates would vote wisely.
When asked whether he was open to debates, he said it would depend on the issue and purpose.
“We will ensure that the delegates are engaged so that they can understand the mission and vision of every candidate,” he said, adding that he would spend the next two weeks meeting delegates and informing them about his plans for the party.
Some of the promises in his manifesto include reaffirming MCA’s political standing and power as the founding member of Barisan, institutionalising Chinese education and Chinese culture, reforming MCA internally in
a transparent and accountable manner and improving interracial communication to foster better bonding with the people.
He also promised to upgrade and modernise the party’s general election campaigning mechanisms, upgrade party leadership development programmes and undertake capacity building to groom young talents besides strengthening the Youth and Wanita wings for smoother leadership succession.
Liow also aims to undertake a modern and innovative communications strategy and establish international networking with political parties with a common vision.
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