Clansmen back Ong and Chan

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 05 Jun 2003

THE country’s seven largest Chinese clansman associations have given their seal of approval to the new MCA leadership headed by president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and deputy president Datuk Chan Kong Choy. 

Nanyang Siang Pau reported that the endorsement was announced by Dr Lim Choong Keang, secretary of the co-ordination committee of the associations at a press conference after a meeting on Tuesday. 

Dr Lim, a former University Malaya mathematics professor, said that the associations welcomed the new MCA leadership and hoped that the party would continue to champion the Chinese community interest in the Barisan Nasional government, according to the daily. 

He said the associations also expressed hope that Ong and Chan would continue to work with the Chinese associations in upholding rights and interest of the community. 

Dr Lim said the co-ordination committeetook exception to the Culture, Art and Tourism Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir’s statement that failure of the Chinese to display the Malaysia flags on National Day showed that they had no love for the country. 

He said co-ordination committee urged the Government to invite Chinese associations to present lion dance, dragon dance and drumming performance in the National Day celebrations to reflect Malaysia’s racial harmony and plural society, the daily reported. 

The seven associations are the Federation of Hokkien Associations, Federation of Hai Nan Associations, Federation of Hakka Associations, Federation of Teo Chew Associations, Federation of Kwangsi Associations, Federation of San Kiang Associations, Federation of Kwong Tong Associations. 

lA total of 948 out of the 953 Malaysian students were admitted to universities and matriculation in Taiwan for the 2003 academic year, hitting a record height in 10 years.  

The president of the Federation of Alumni Association of Taiwan Universities Malaysia, Ting Chee Seng,said that of the 948 students admitted, 453 were given places in the various universities and 495 in matriculation of the Overseas Chinese University, Sin Chew Daily reported.  

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