One big family MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong with party veterans and other leaders singing the birthday song at the party’s 67th anniversary celebration at Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur. At far right is Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo, the granddaughter of MCA founding president Tun Tan Cheng Lock. – SIA HONG KIAU/The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: The Chinese community must not be marginalised and the MCA will not allow this to happen, says MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
To this end, Liow said the community should support MCA – a component party in the ruling coalition – to give them strength and presence at the federal and state level government.
“There is a direct and positive co-relation between MCA’s ability to perform and the support it gets from the community,” he said during MCA’s 67th anniversary celebrations at Wisma MCA here yesterday.
MCA was set up on Feb 27, 1949, by Tun Tan Cheng Lock to look after the Chinese community in a turbulent era in then Malaya.
Subsequently, the party teamed up with Umno and MIC to gain independence for the country in 1957.
Liow said the party’s forefathers had successfully integrated the Chinese into the fabric of the nation.
“It is our duty and responsibility to continue with the legacy for the sake of our future generations,” he said.
Liow also reminded leaders and members that MCA had always strived to look after all Malaysians and not just the Chinese community in this multi-ethnic nation.
Liow said political strength was needed for advancement in economics, education and culture.
He said there was a need for MCA and other Chinese associations to have a common agenda for unity and political strength.
This, he added, was vital in order for MCA to protect the rights of the Chinese, continue to champion moderation and ensure the nation continues to uphold pluralism, preserve racial unity, stability and bring in more developments.
With changing times, new challenges and rising expectations from the people, Liow pointed out that it was also crucial for MCA to be flexible in its strategies, as long as the party never loses sight of its long-term goals.
He said an increasingly challenging political and economic scenario also called for members and leaders alike to rise to challenges and not to give in to adversity.
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