PETALING JAYA: A pilot project to get feedback from young professionals on MCA has shown mixed reactions, said party central committee member Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek.
Dr Chua, who heads a committee to rope in professionals aged between 18 and 35, said the project, which took off three months ago, would be completed early next month.
I plan to speak to 400 people who are professionals but not members of any political party or non-governmental organisations.
So far, I have spoken to three groups of about 60 people each.
They are generally very vocal on how they feel, he said when commenting on the 12 reasons why these young professionals shy away from MCA as reported in The Star yesterday.
Clarifying that the reasons were just ideas picked up during the informal talks, Dr Chua, who is also Johor MCA chief, said it was important to encourage them to voice their views so that any misconceptions could be corrected and not allowed to continue to confuse the people.
Describing some of the feedback as very sarcastic, sceptical and reflected little or no awareness of politics, Dr Chua said: The findings are very preliminary and not based on a scientific research. They are neither conclusive nor reflective of the actual scenario.
Misconceptions or inaccurate perceptions should not be overlooked or else they will be easily exploited by the opposition.
For example, the MCA needs to explain to them why we need to find amicable solutions within the party and also Barisan Nasional instead of talking openly about certain issues, he said, in response to why some felt the party was powerless and under-performing.
I am confident that they will be more understanding after getting the correct perspective, he said.
Dr Chua also said that some of the feedback was very positive, adding this was in response to the recent political developments in the country.
He cited the case of immediate past president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik who stepped down in May to resolve the internal power struggle while the amendment to limit the term of president to not more than three terms or nine years was proposed by Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
Dr Chua said the most common feedback so far was that the MCA did very well in education and it was the only political party that showed such huge commitment to education, citing the success of Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman.
He said developments in the international political scenario and the spate of terrorism had resulted in Malaysians, particularly the younger generation, to realise and appreciate the political stability, peace and harmony they enjoyed under Barisan.
He said there were also many praises for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in response to various new developments, including the all-out fight against corruption, the steps to increase efficiency in government administration and the move to make civil servants more people-friendly.
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