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YONG PENG: The MCA does not need anyone from outside the party to interfere in the party’s affairs, said MCA Youth chief aspirant Datuk Goh Gaik Meng.
“This is about the dignity of the party. We don’t want outsiders to come into the picture,” he said, commenting on speculation that party veteran Tan Sri Lim Ah Lek was trying to get Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to intervene in the party’s internal squabbles.
Goh, the Batu MCA Youth chief, said this in his speech at the installation of Johor MCA Youth committee members and fund-raising drive here yesterday.
Present was state executive councillor and state MCA liaison committee member Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, representing party chief Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
Goh said Lim, a former MCA deputy president, had admitted he had spoken to Najib, who is Barisan Nasional chairman, on the party’s leadership.
“Delegates have the wisdom to decide on the leadership and do not need to rely on others in dealing with its internal matters,” he said, adding that the Chinese community would look down on the MCA and accuse the party of being subservient to Umno.
Goh, who had announced his candidacy for the post of MCA Youth chief in the wing’s election on Dec 19, claimed the movement had not been active in the past five years.
He touched on issues of education, job and business opportunities and the new media that were important to the young people in the community.
Regarding the issue of hiring more bumiputra employees in companies that was raised at the just-concluded Umno general assembly, Goh said employment could not be forced.
He pledged to transform the MCA Youth wing by uniting its members first before getting public support.
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