On the same page: Wee (centre) presenting an approval letter from the Registrar of Societies to Hoi Loke Association chairman Khu Lim Ki. With them are (from left) Negri Sembilan Assembly Hall chairman Lau Chee Boon, Hoi Loke Association legal adviser Maria Cheng Swee Kee and association adviser Chong Swee Thian.
SEREMBAN: MCA will kick off a series of dialogues with Chinese non-governmental organisations and businesses nationwide beginning today to seek their input for Budget 2015.
Deputy party president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the first dialogue session would be held at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur today, where representatives from more than 100 organisations are expected to share their views and concerns on issues ranging from the Goods and Services Tax and education to the economy, among others.
“We want to engage these organisations so that we will be able to share their concerns and hopes with the national leadership.
“We must do this to be able to feel the pulse of the Chinese community and see if they are happy with the relevant tax structures, matters related to the education system and so on.
“We will hold more programmes in other states to hear the views of the people on issues related to Budget 2015,” he said, adding that party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai would also speak at the opening of today’s dialogue, as well as give the closing remarks.
On an unrelated matter, Wee, who is acting Negri Sembilan MCA chief, reiterated that he was doing his best to unite party members in the state.
“Although it is not easy, I am doing my best to bring them together,” he said, alluding to the two camps in the state, with some divisions believed to be still aligned to former state chief Datuk Dr Yeow Chai Thiam.
“To me, what is more important is to get more Chinese to support MCA again, and to ensure the party stays relevant,” he added.
Wee had earlier presented a letter from the Registrar of Societies to members of the 148-year-old Hoi Loke Association, which was suspended three months ago due to alleged electoral irregularities.
Hoi Loke’s suspension was lifted after Liow and Wee met the Home Minister.