KAJANG: The new MCA leadership will continue to work with Chinese education groups, such as the Dong Zong association, to ensure the growth of Chinese education in the country, said party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
“Chinese education is part of the national education system.”
“Let’s work together to ensure multi-language and multi-culture in this country continue to grow,” he told reporters at a Chinese New Year open house hosted by United Chinese Schools’ Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) yesterday.
Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and representatives from Chinese organisations.
Liow said the party would set up a tripartite committee involving MCA, the Government and Dong Zong to look into various issues in Chinese education.
He said MCA had been working closely with Dong Zong since the 1950s and would continue to work together to develop Chinese education.
Asked about the upcoming by-election here, where MCA is likely to represent the Barisan Nasional, Liow said the party would pick a candidate of calibre who is well-accepted by the people of Kajang, adding that MCA had started its campaign preparation for the March 23 by-election.
“We believe the Chinese community, especially those in Kajang, would want to see an MCA representative in the state assembly to raise matters related to the Chinese,” he said.
Asked if the chosen candidate is a local person, he said the party was currently doing a public survey and the name would be announced as soon as the survey is completed.
At another event, Liow said MCA had asked the Election Commission (EC) to take action against the Opposition for allegedly starting to campaign for the Kajang by-election before the March 11 nomination day.
Several MCA divisions had raised their dissatisfaction over the matter as it was against the electoral regulations, which state that campaigning could only begin after nomination, he said.
“The EC has been informed of the matter as certain quarters have lodged complaints, and it has to take action,” he said after chairing the Selangor MCA meeting on the Kajang by-election here.
Asked about the offer from Malaysian United Indian Party president Datuk S. Nallakaruppan to challenge Anwar, Liow said: “That is his offer. We have decided that we will contest.”