KUALA LUMPUR: MCA is stepping up its efforts to provide avenues for the public and various NGOs to air their views in preparation for the coming general election, said its deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
“All divisions have been told to go to the ground to meet the rakyat and engage NGOs so the Opposition will not be able to hijack the NGOs' agenda,” he said after opening Federal Territory MCA's annual convention at Chin Woo stadium here.
He said that besides assisting NGOs in meeting their needs, the party should also provide channels for them to air their views.
“Because we are a part of the Government, we must show that the Government is willing to listen,” he said.
Liow urged MCA members, especially those from the Federal Territory, to use social media and other tools such as SMSes to spread their message instead of relying on the traditional forms of media.
“As the Federal Territory (of Kuala Lumpur) is one of the most urbanised areas in the country, the demands of its residents from the ruling government will be higher,” he said in his speech.
Liow said that MCA needed to tear down the facade put up by the Opposition and strive to serve the people.
The rising cost of living is one of the challenges that the Government would need to deal with in order to gain voters' support, he added.
At the convention, resolutions were passed to unite party members in preparation for the coming elections, and the Government was urged to implement Economic Transformation Programmes as well as build more affordable houses for youths.
Four students also received a total of RM160,000 through the 1MCA Education Loan Scheme to finance their studies.
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