Wanita MCA eyes exco positions

  • Nation
  • Monday, 29 Mar 2004


KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita MCA members who are serving their second-term as state assemblymen should be given a chance to serve in state executive councils, its chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said. 

“Other than the Cabinet appointments of one Deputy Minister and two parliamentary secretaries, we hope that in the state excos, we will have representation,” she said. 

Dr Ng said out of the 12 candidates fielded, 10 have won their respective parliamentary and state seats. 

From left: Ling Mee Ling, Liew Lee Ling, Yu Chok Tow, Chew Mei Fun,Wanita MCA head Datuk Dr. Ng Yen Yen, deputy head Datin Paduka Tan Yee Kew, Ooi Ah Lan, Lim Kee Moi and Tan Chew Mei. Dr Ng and Tan were posing with all the members fielded as candidates in the recent general election.

“We are hopeful that those assemblymen in their second terms will be given the chance to serve. In the 29 years of the wing’s history we have never had an exco member,” she said. 

She said those who would be serving their second term were from Penang, Negri Sembilan and Perlis. 

She added that it was time to “break the ceiling”. 

“We have discussed this with party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and conveyed the wing’s request.  

“But, regardless of the outcome, Wanita MCA is disciplined and will never put our request ahead of party unity. We will respect the president’s decision,” she told a press conference after the wing met to discuss election results. 

She also said the two candidates who had lost in the Bukit Bintang parliamentary seat and the Sitiawan state seat would continue to serve the people. The two candidates were Tan Chew Mooi and Ling Mee Lin.  

“Don’t wash your hands after you’ve lost and wait for the next elections – continue to serve the people,” she said.  

Dr Ng added that the wing was grateful to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Ong for allowing Wanita MCA to field more candidates compared to the 1999 elections. 

She also said after conducting a post-mortem on the elections results, the wing had decided to increase their activities for women and families in areas that they had lost. 

“We also encourage our women leaders to be more vocal as women tend to work quietly within their organisation. They also must break the myth that the wing only deals with women issues, but that is not the case, as women in government are capable of presenting women, children and family issues,” she said. 

Dr Ng said more activities to reach out to the young voters were also planned, adding that the wing’s Young Women Task Force would consider having joint activities with Puteri Umno and youth wings of other Barisan Nasional component parties. 

She added that for the coming Budget, the wing would organise a special dialogue session with Chinese NGOs to obtain their feedback on the issue.  

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