PUTRAJAYA: The MCA plans to set up more overseas clubs to help Malaysians abroad and to help disseminate information on the latest developments in Malaysia.
MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said MCA now had such clubs in Japan, the United States, Australia, Canada and Britain.
“We have received applications for the setting up of the clubs in Taiwan, China and South Korea.
“The matter is being studied by the MCA headquarters, and if we feel that it is beneficial to the country, we will approve them,” he said after meeting Tokyo MCA Club president Tam Yun Tong at his office yesterday.
Also present was MCA Youth international affairs bureau chief Fam Lee Ee.
Chan said MCA overseas club members work closely with Umno in serving Malaysians abroad.
He said the Tokyo MCA Club was instrumental in helping Tan Soo Fieck, 49, who had been stranded in Japan since 1995 to return home.
Tan, who suffered from acute diabetes, was unable to come back after her temporary certificate of identity expired.
Tan was able to return home after her plight was highlighted by journalists covering the visit of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi , who was then the Deputy Prime Minister.
Chan said MCA's overseas clubs were also regularly involved in organising gatherings of Malaysians during special occasions like National Day and meetings with Malaysian leaders on official visits to the various countries.
Tam, a businessman, said the courtesy call was a follow-up to his visit with party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting in August.