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KUALA LUMPUR: Having representatives from the two factions in MCA’s top brass will prevent either side from being marginalised, said outgoing MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.
This would enable leaders from both factions to have a say in the new leadership and, in turn, help gear towards the party’s transformation, he said.
He said this was in line with MCA’s vision to establish a new team to lead the parent body and the wings.
“It would be unhealthy if there is a landslide victory for only one faction,” he told reporters after opening the 38th Wanita MCA annual general meeting yesterday.
Kong was asked to comment on the new line-up of leaders in MCA Youth following its Thursday elections.
Newly elected MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon is reportedly aligned to the wing’s predecessor Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong while the new deputy Youth chief Chris Lee Ching Yong is aligned to MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
Earlier in his speech, Kong, who will be contesting for a vice-president post today, said female party members had been actively involved in various party affairs, even before the wing’s establishment.
“They have been working alongside the parent body to fight for citizenship rights, the country’s independence and issues related to education and welfare,” he said.
Outgoing Wanita MCA chief Datuk Yu Chok Tow said the policy empowerment of Bumiputra economy should not lead to marginalisation of other ethnic communities.
She said nobody should be entitled to any privilege, quota or special protection in this age of global competition.
“The fundamental rules of games on global competition are freedom, openness and fairness.
“Competition among nations is a rivalry for talents and knowledge.
“The racial element or identification contained in the Government’s policies, especially those on the economy, must be gradually reduced,” she said at the annual general meeting.
Yu said Malaysian Chinese were law-abiding citizens, adding that nobody should accuse them of being ungrateful or not patriotic simply on the basis of their voting choice.
“We are diligent in education and work.
“We pay taxes, are active in business, and have helped develop the economy, nurture talents, and contribute profoundly towards the stability and growth of the nation.”
She called on the new central leadership to carry out reformation.
If MCA fails to revive and regenerate itself, this 64-year-old political party will likely fade into oblivion, she said.
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