MCA: Unity via conventions

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  • Monday, 16 Jun 2003

KUANTAN: MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and his deputy Datuk Chan Kong Choy will be attending all state conventions in an effort to strengthen the party. 

Chan said that the state conventions, scheduled from early July until August, would be a good platform for the party’s new leadership to urge members to close ranks. 

“It is a good forum because all members, from the leaders right down to the grassroots, will be present. 

“As such, it is only appropriate for the new leadership to take the opportunity to explain to all the importance of party unity,” said Chan, after witnessing a signing ceremony for study loans for poor students at the M.S. Garden Hotel here yesterday. 

The ceremony was organised by the Federation of Pahang Chinese Associations, which has set up a foundation, which will give out loans worth RM5,000 to each student for each academic year. 

Also present at the function was federation chairman Datuk Pheng Yin Huah. 

To a question, Chan, who is also Pahang MCA chief, said Ong and he have had a good start since being elected to the party's top two posts last month. 

He, however, said there were some problems affecting certain divisions in Penang and Kuala Lumpur. 

“We have problems in five or six divisions and more time will be spent on them. 

“We have also assigned some leaders to go and talk with the leaders and members. Otherwise, things have been going on smoothly,” he added. 

On preparations for the general election, Chan said the party had set up committees at state and division levels to formulate strategies but identify problems faced by the people.  

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