THE Perak MCA’s newly established English Speaking Bureau got off to a rousing start when it recruited 300 members.
The new recruits handed over their application forms to party secretary-general Datuk Ong Ka Chuan, who is also state MCA chief, during a dinner function recently.
Bureau chief Thong Fah Chong said the bureau would serve as a platform for those who could not speak Mandarin to join the MCA.
“Members who are not well-versed in Mandarin will not feel left out in the party,” he said.
Among those present were deputy MCA Youth chief Ling Hee Leong, Ipoh Timur MCA division chief Datuk Chew Wai Khoon, state MCA organising secretary Dr Mah Hang Soon, Ipoh Timur Wanita MCA chief Ong Siew Giok and Ipoh Timur vice chairman Lee Swee Ching.
Thong said the bureau aimed at encouraging greater participation from English educated Chinese in politics and nation-building.
He said that by breaking down language barriers, MCA would be able to attract members from a wider spectrum of the Chinese community.
Thong said the bureau would be organising English tuition classes to assist needy students who were weak in the language.
The bureau, he said, would also be organising motivational talks and leadership training for members.
“We want to inculcate positive thinking and attitude among members,” he added.