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Saturday February 22, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday February 22, 2014 MYT 12:18:32 PM
by foong pek yee
One team: MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and his deputy Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong celebrating after winning the party elections at Wisma MCA on Dec 21.
Closing ranks crucial for the party in quest to help the people.
TOMORROW marks another milestone for the MCA with two important events – the party’s 65th anniversary and an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to decide on whether the party will accept government positions at all levels.
The party, with its new leadership voted in some two months ago, is also facing another crucial test – the upcoming Kajang by-election on March 23.
The party is heavily invested in this by-election. It is putting one of its top leaders, vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, to take on the battle with Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
These three events, though very different in nature, will indicate the state of the party and the way forward.
As one party veteran puts it: “The celebration is a time for members and leaders alike to reflect on the party’s mission from the date of its formation, and the road ahead.”
With the recently concluded party elections, he said all levels in the party must close ranks if they cherish and love the party.
As in any organisation, the veteran said, there was bound to be differences within.
“It is important to see the bigger picture.”
The EGM will start 30 minutes after the anniversary celebration at Wisma MCA ends.
Its outcome will determine the party’s strength and clout as the second largest Barisan Nasional component member.
Positions, especially government ones, are important platforms for the party to help run the country and resolve problems for the people.
“Authority and power are like fire and water. They are vital forces when utilised properly,” said a political observer.
Power is important and indispensable to bring transformation to the party and getting things done.
This is the political reality.
While some may question the party’s haste to take up government positions, they should understand the reality on the ground.
There are many people, especially those from small towns and rural areas, who need help from the government departments, for instance.
In the absence of representation at the different levels in the government – local authority, state and federal – the party can only get things done via a longer and more tedious process.
So, why not choose to enter the Government when it has a choice? The fact that 1,934 or more than 81% of the party’s 2,380 central delegates petitioned for tomorrow’s EGM shows the urgency of the matter.
The EGM is in accordance with the party constitution, and whether the voting on the resolution is by a show of hands or balloting will also be based on the constitution.
The central delegates will decide on the method of voting tomorrow.
All should respect any decision made based on the constitution.
After tomorrow, the party will and can go all out to focus on the Kajang by-election.
Unity in the party and an all-out effort by party members and Barisan Nasional components will be crucial in determining the outcome of the Kajang battle.
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