KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting has decided that the task of opening the party’s state conventions will be divided between him and the party's deputy president, secretary-general and four vice-presidents.
In the past, such events were usually opened by the president, who would delegate the job to others only if he could not make it.
MCA secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Ting Chew Peh said the conventions would be held in August and the first half of September, adding that the respective state liaison committee chairmen would decide the dates.
“The division of labour was decided at the presidential council meeting chaired by Ong at Wisma MCA,” Dr Ting said after the meeting yesterday.
The meeting also discussed the party’s 51st national annual general meeting (AGM) which would be opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at Wisma MCA here on Oct 2.
About 2,800 central delegates would attend the event, he added.
Dr Ting said the national AGM for the Youth and Wanita wings would be held a day earlier.
He said the party would propose to the Barisan Nasional leadership that it file petitions against the results in three seats which MCA lost in the March 21 general election.
Ong had said during the central committee meeting earlier this month that MCA had discussed the election results for the Bukit Bintang parliamentary seat and two state seats – Pantai Remis in Perak and Kota Lama in Kelantan – for possible petition.
On the four-hour workshop on Confucius' teachings at Wisma MCA here on May 24, Dr Ting said the entire MCA, Youth and Wanita central committees as well as Members of Parliament and assemblymen would attend it.
He said the workshop which would be conducted by Taiwanese professor Fu Pei-Jung would focus on the promotion of life-long education, moving forward with Chinese tradition, moral principles and ethics and the promotion of a harmonious society.
Dr Ting said Datuk Lau Yin Pin was appointed chairman of the party’s think tank, Institute of Strategic Analysis and Planning, at the meeting.