Ong will voice Chinese views on the NEP

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 16 Aug 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting has given his commitment to convey the views of the Chinese community on the New Economic Policy to the Government and Barisan Nasional. 

“I do not know how you will view this press statement. For Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy and I, it is very simple. It reflects what we will continue to do for the party, people, community and nation if we are elected,” Ong said at a press conference after filing his nomination papers here yesterday. 

Chan, who is running for the MCA deputy president’s post, was by Ong’s side.  

Ong outlined 10 points that the Ong-Chan partnership and the elected party leaders would continue to work on. 

They include further strengthening party unity, attracting more people to join the party, promoting life-long learning for sustainable employability and national competitiveness as well as implementing a master plan to eradicate urban poverty. 

“We will also ensure that the Malaysian Chinese Economic Consultative Council operates effectively to elevate the economic status of the community,” he said. 

He also talked about the development of Chinese primary schools and the promotion of the Chinese culture which he described as an inherent part of the diverse landscape of Rakyat Malaysia. 

Ong said MCA would continue to assist small-and-medium scale industries and upgrade the traditional agriculture industry in order for them to face global challenges. 

“We have successfully implemented the preliminary targets in the 26 months since we took over the helm of the party.  

“This party elections also shows greater democracy in the party,” said Ong. 

Ties with the Chinese guilds and associations, he added, was closer and MCA managed to lead the party to a “very convincing” victory – with 107 candidates winning seats in the last general election. 

When met later, Ong said most party members and the Chinese community were of the view that he and Chan formed a good team and had expressed support for them. 

“This is a common view and a positive feedback that we have received. Because of this, we would like to move forward towards this direction,” said Ong. 

He described his relationship with Chan as “he zhuo wu jian (close co-operation).” 

This, Ong said, had been very positive for the party and many Chinese shared the same view. 

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