MORE than 1,000 people attended Perak MCA’s dinner with the theme “Stronger Together” that was held at the SM Poi Lam hall.
Noting the positive response from the people, which included the public and corporate figures, Perak MCA chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said more tables were needed to accommodate the guests who came for the dinner on Saturday.
“We had initially organised 150 tables for the dinner.
“However, we had to add another 30 more for guests, making it 180 tables tonight,” he said in his opening speech.
“It shows that the people’s support was returning,” he said, adding that the party was getting back to its full strength under the leadership of MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
In his speech, Liow said he was happy to see all party leaders and members getting along well during the dinner.
“Unity is important and we must all work together. It also means that there are no in-fightings.
“We must not expect the community to unite us but instead we must unite them,” he said.
Liow also said the party was supporting moderation as Malaysia consists of a multi-cultural society.
“We don’t want Malaysia to have extremists taking advantage of its people.
“We must all stand together, to work together with the people towards Vision 2020,” he said.
He stressed that 2014 had been a tough year for Malaysians, with the incidents involving Malaysia Airlines and recently the floods.
“This year will also be full of challenges, especially concerning the economy, with the prices of oil and the value of the ringgit falling drastically.
“I hope we can unite and face these challenges together,” he said.
Also present during the dinner were party deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, Wanita chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie, state party adviser Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, state party treasurer-general Datuk Seri Kuan Peng Soon, state party Youth chief Ting Tai Fook and other party leaders.