PENANG: Penang MCA and Gerakan leaders have pledged to work together to ensure the success of the joint Chinese New Year open house as a symbol of closer co-operation between both parties.
State MCA chairman Wong Kam Hoong said the initiative was a positive sign that the two Barisan Nasional component parties were working closely.
He said the joint open house was not only well received by party members but also by the local community as an enhanced MCA-Gerakan relationship would ensure a stable and strong Barisan government.
Wong noted that there had been a steady improvement in the relationship between both parties as many issues had been resolved amicably.
Now, everyone is looking forward to the event, he said when commenting on news reports quoting Penang Gerakan chief and national vice-president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon as saying that MCA and Gerakan would jointly organise the open house in Penang as a symbol of future co-operation between the two parties.
Dr Koh had said the state-level celebrations would be held on Jan 23, the second day of the Chinese New Year, at the Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa) in Relau.
Penang MCA treasurer Datuk Dr Loh Hock Hun said members from both parties would come together to see to the success of the event.
He added that the move was a sincere effort from both sides to promote unity and better understanding.
Kampung Kolam assemblyman Lim Gim Soon said it was good that both parties were co-operating in organising the open house. This would further strengthen co-operation between members of the two parties.
Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Lee Hack Teik said the event would be a good idea for unity, especially during the festive season.
Chinese New Year is a happy occasion and organising it together will bring MCA and Gerakan even closer, he said.
Penang Gerakan secretary Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan said the time had come for both parties to set aside their differences and face the future challenges together.
We should do away with unnecessary politicking and pull our resources and energy together to work towards improving the living standards of the community, he added.
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