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Monday, 20 January 2014

Liow: Spur growth to cushion impact

MALACCA: More measures are needed to address the rising cost of living, such as the crucial need to spur economic growth, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

“We know the Government has taken steps and implemented some measures but it is not enough.

“Besides reducing expenditures, the Government must also ensure more economic growth,’’ he said to reporters after a meeting with all state division chairmen and committee members here yesterday.

He hoped the Government would further liberalise the economy, for instance, by giving out more licences for certain sectors to benefit more people.

Liow noted that the MCA was very concerned about the impact of the rising cost of living on Malay­sians.

“When expenses become higher, the Government should also focus on increasing the people’s income,” he said.

“It is also important to reduce wastage and at the same time ensure more accountability in governance.’’

On party matters, Liow said he would be leading the Malacca state liaison committee until a new chief is appointed.

“I have announced that I am only temporary in this position with former state chairman Datuk Gan Tian Loo and former secretary Datuk Koh Nai Kwong being my two deputies,” he said.

He also said that he would be meeting Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron this week to resolve several issues regarding the state MCA liaison committee, including the number of local councillors to be appointed from the MCA.

Meeting the state party leaders for the first time as party president, Liow, who is from Merlimau in Jasin here, said he was thankful for the support and warm welcome.

“I feel very special and happy to be coming home here in Malacca, as the state is also the birthplace of MCA 65 years ago.

“As the president, I hope I can help strengthen the MCA here and win back the seats lost in the last general election,” he said.

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