Najib (centre) together MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (left) and Datuk Wee Kar Siong (second right) at the launching of "Stronger Together".
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA must remain as the voice and conscience of the Chinese community in the country, said Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister also welcomed the party's wishes to rejoin the cabinet and the Government and said that the party will remain an important partner to Barisan.
"MCA cannot stay outside of the Government.
"They must be part and parcel of the Government.
"Together we will chart the future of Malaysia," he said in his opening remarks at the launch of the party's "Stronger Together" campaign at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College on Saturday.
The "Stronger Together" Programme is part of the MCA's transformation plan to unite the party, Chinese community and the people.
Under the programme, the party will draw up plans to help the Chinese in various sectors including economy, education, politics, youth and women affairs.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said among the plans were to upgrade vocational trainings for youths, to build the Tun Tan Cheng Lock memorial hall and to recognise Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
He said the Chinese community is part of the country and has been involved in nation building since the 15th century.
"We are happy and proud with the development of Malaysia and are prepared to face any challenges to protect it from any threats," he said in his speech.
Liow also urged all members to join hands and march towards the new goal for the sake of the party and the people.