Guest of honour: Liow (centre) cutting the cake with association president Wong Soo Tang (left) and other VIPs during the anniversary dinner in Malacca.
MALACCA: A stronger MCA is in a position to better protect and stand up for the Chinese community’s rights and interests, said party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He assured that nobody – including certain media – could simply ridicule the community with headlines such as “Apa lagi Cina mahu?” (What else do the Chinese want?).
“The Chinese community has contributed largely towards nation-building and economic development, which we all must recognise. A stronger MCA must ensure that no one can simply ridicule the Chinese community at their whim and fancy, including some media simply asking ‘Apa lagi Cina mahu?’.
“We want to see the community’s dignity protected, that all are fairly treated,” said Liow, adding that as a member of the ruling coalition, the MCA must perform like it had a say in the country’s nation-building and development.
“I promise that MCA will live up to the expectations and deliver as a ruling coalition party that can represent the people’s voices. Please give MCA a chance to further strengthen the party and help the Chinese community,” he said at the 62nd Malacca Hawkers Merchants Association anniversary dinner here on Monday.
Later, at a farewell dinner for state MCA Wanita veteran Datuk Kian Sit Har, Liow said the MCA would focus on major reforms to be outlined under the blueprint for the Chinese community following the conclusion of the party’s extraordinary general meeting (EGM).
The focus, he said, could now be given to completing the comprehensive document, which would be of great significance to the community.
“We will now place our attention on the blueprint and also on further stabilising the party to achieve greater heights after Sunday’s EGM.
“The party is now vibrant and full of energy to effectively serve the community without discounting our philosophy of also championing the needs of other races,” said Liow.
The EGM, he said, had proven that the party was now more united and filled with camaraderie, seen as catalyst for the new MCA leadership to pursue economic opportunities and new sources for growth.