LAND issues are a concern of the youth in Perak, and it is one of the resolutions passed at the state MCA Youth convention last Sunday.
The state wing has pledged its full support for the Perak state government to issue grants for agriculture land and lease them to farmers to work on.
MCA with the help of the Perak state government have resolved land issues involving 1,369 farmers and 7,228 acres (2,925ha) in the last two years.
However, there are still many other cases waiting to be resolved.
On education, the Youth has appealed to the Chinese community to acknowledge and support the state government’s contributions to Chinese education and to work together for the cause.
The Barisan Nasional Perak government had allocated 2,500 acres (1011.7ha) of land to nine Chinese independent schools in Sungkai to help them improve their financial status.
The schools had formed a company to plant oil palm on the land, and they would jointly receive an average of RM3.6mil annually from the venture for 30 years, beginning this year.
Another resolution on education is to appeal to the Education Ministry to review the system on university admission so that students scoring full distinction would not encounter problems on the selection of courses.
The wing also pledged their support for the leadership of MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Other resolutions include appealing to the:
*CHINESE to support the 1Malaysia concept and discard the culture of political hatred.
*MCA members to be united and ensure the party does well in the coming general election.
*GOVERNMENT to expedite the implementation of the Northern Corridor Development Project and set up a low-cost carrier terminal in northern Perak.
*PEOPLE to cooperate with the government in environmental protection.
*GOVERNMENT to step up protection of historical sites and artifacts with Lenggong Valley being listed as a world heritage site.
*PUBLIC to enhance cooperation with the police and promote neighbourliness and mutual help to fight crime.
On the Pakatan Rakyat, the Perak MCA Youth resolved to challenge Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to state clearly the coalition’s policy on various aspects of Chinese education; and for DAP to declare its stand on the implementation of the hudud law by its PAS partner where impact on non-Muslims are concerned.
At the Perak Wanita MCA convention last Sunday, the resolutions included a call to the government to strengthen the police force.
The Wanita also resolved to pledge their support for Dr Chua’s leadership, and the party’s central committee to act against the Opposition which slandered the party.
On the country’s socio-economic development, they resolved to support Najib and his policies and transformation programmes.
For education, the Wanita urged the Government to have a fair and transparent allocation of scholarships for top students; and expedite efforts to resolve the shortage of teachers in Chinese primary schools.