THE MCA Youth election for its top two national posts this Thursday is set to be direct fights. The four candidates are — Chong Sin Woon versus Datuk Goh Gaik Meng for the chairman’s post and Ting Tai Fook versus Chris Lee Ching Yong for the deputy chairman’s post.
The four hopefuls are an interesting mix in many ways.
Chong, 39, is a government officer who likes to read, play badminton and travel.
Goh, a 40-year-old businessman loves reading, music, movie and charity work.
Lee, 37, is a lawyer who also loves reading and travelling.
At 29, Ting, a government officer and a PhD student, is a St John’s Ambulance member. He also enjoys cooking, travelling and camping.
In the run-up to the election, The Star journalists spoke to the four men to find out what they have in mind for the party in the next three years.
Q: What is your vision for the party?
Chong Sin Woon: Together with MCA Youth members, we envision “making a difference” so that the party can turn for the better and enter a new era.
Goh Gaik Meng: A united MCA and a party that is relevant to the people and for the betterment of the nation
Ting Tai Fook: A strong, united and respectable MCA that the people will gravitate towards, and a party that is able to meet the people’s needs and expectations.
Chris Lee Ching Yong: To strengthen the Youth wing and the party’s position in Barisan Nasional, and to ensure that the rights of the Chinese community as Malaysians are protected.
Q: What are the aspects you need to address to achieve your vision?
Chong Sin Woon: Empower the wing’s 25 bureaus, divisions and states. Cultivate critical-thinking among the members. The wing must be united and not be affected by the party’s factionalism and internal politics. Identify and analyse the party’s weaknesses, admit our problems and come up with realistic solutions. Team up with the Barisan Nasional Youth to strengthen multi-culturalism and promote mutual understanding among Malaysian youth.
Goh Gaik Meng: Unite party members by strengthening the core values of the party. To assist MCA in the capacity of a Youth chief. Educate party members on all kinds of current social and political issues via seminars, and also empower the female leaders so that they can play a relevant role in the party.
Ting Tai Fook: Inculcate a sense of mutual support among members at all times. Recruit more members and talent to strengthen the party. Improve the members’ communication skills so that they can engage the people effectively.
Chris Lee Ching Yong: Improve the relationship among the central, state and divisional levels of the wing. This is to enable communication and for them to know the role of each other in the party. The strength of the party is dependent on its members and the fact that they did not support the party in the May 5 general election is a cause for concern.
As such, we have to find out their reason/s for turning away from the party. The party also has to address the issue of voters getting distracted by the Opposition. We have to strengthen the party and get all members moving the same direction. For that, it is important that information and facts get disseminated to all levels.
Q: Candidates joined the race with victory in mind. How would you like to be judged after you complete your three-year- term?
Chong Sin Woon: I have dedicated my life to politics. I am not a businessman. I may not be the richest or smartest, but a young Malaysian leader striving to improve the lives of the people.
Goh Gaik Meng: MCA Youth has been different and more relevant to the nation under my leadership for three years.
Ting Tai Fook: I hope my actions will reflect my contributions and loyalty towards the party. I aim to be a good follower to the national Youth chief; a driven, goal oriented, righteous and hardworking leader who will never falter when faced with adversity. It is also my wish that I wil be able to live up to my words. It is up to the members to see for themselves if I achieve the goals.
Chris Lee Ching Yong: Based on whether the Youth members are more united and their understanding of the party’s role in the Chinese community. And also whether the Chinese community are more balanced in terms of their dissemination of information via the social media.
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