MCA must find ways to ‘connect with members’


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  • Monday, 24 Sep 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Of the 3,975 voters who supported the MCA candidate in the recent Balakong state by-election, 1,133 are Chinese, says MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

This, he said, was despite the fact that MCA has 7,500 members in the state constituency.

“We managed to contact some 5,000 of them by phone.

“The party must review its membership recruitment system and find ways to connect with the members.

“Recruitment alone is not enough,” Liow, who is also Selangor MCA chairman, said when opening the Selangor MCA annual convention at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

The Balakong by-election on Sept 8 was a straight fight between MCA’s Tan Chee Teong and Pakatan Harapan candidate Wong Siew Ki from DAP.

Wong polled 22,508 votes to defeat Tan who bagged 3,975 votes. There are 62,219 voters where 61% are Chinese. Turnout was 43%.

The by-election came after its assemblyman Eddie Ng Tien Chee died in a highway accident on July 20.

Despite the defeat in Balakong – coming after the 14th General Election which saw MCA winning only one parliamentary seat and two state seats from the 139 seats it contested – Liow said defeat would only strengthen the party’s resolve to reform and make a comeback stronger.

He pointed out that Selangor MCA members remained loyal to the party despite the state being under Pakatan rule since the general election in 2008.

“We did not have exodus to other parties or mass resignations so far,” Liow said.

On his decision not to defend his presidential post in the party elections this November, Liow said he would remain in the party and continue to play a new role on a different platform.

According to sources, Liow is passionate about education and this would be reflected in his new role.

Deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong is going for the president’s post.

The MCA elections on Nov 4 will see a new lineup of president, deputy president, four vice-presidents, and 25 central committee members.

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