KUALA LUMPUR: Whatever the future may hold, the principles and pledges of MCA to create a free, democratic and just society will be its main pillars to bring the party forward, says party president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said MCA would serve the people with the spirit of multi-culturalism and moderation to be the Chinese-based political party that is well received by all ethnic groups.
He added that the party had stood firm in its role to maintain and encourage a healthy and progressive national development for the past 71 years.
“Though we faced difficulties, sometimes seemingly insurmountable difficulties, together we have overcome the challenges and continued to grow and rise up from those trying times, ” Dr Wee said, adding that MCA had been positive and earnest towards the change of the ruling government as it believed that it was a step forward for Malaysia’s democracy, until Pakatan Harapan indulged in a power struggle.“We are to face the uncertain political situation with this attitude and belief. Politics is like a game of chess which is constantly changing.
“MCA cannot afford to be split anymore. We must be united to stay loyal, love and serve the party.
“We must continue to move forward by holding firm to the party’s pledge – freedom, democracy and justice – and we are to create a multiracial and moderate Malaysia for all and charter a new political landscape for the party, ” he told a packed Dewan San Choon at Wisma MCA here yesterday, which saw the attendance of more than 1,000 party members.
The theme for MCA’s 71st anniversary this year is “Freedom-Democracy-Justice, Together We Build Malaysia For All”.
Dr Wee said Pakatan’s administration in the past 22 months had been a mess which had caused much suffering to the people.
He said the challenges of the future lie on how to improve the economy and race relations.
And once these issues can be handled properly, only then will MCA, Barisan Nasional and the nation move forward in the right track.
Dr Wee called on the future leaders of MCA to be well-versed in the three main languages of the country, love the party and be able to promote racial harmony and unity.
“They must also be bold in raising issues. I also hope the new generation of leaders will possess skills in communication and in giving speeches.
“They have to be down-to-earth and be the voices of the people, be able to handle people-related affairs in government departments and be able to present the party’s stand accurately to the media, ” he added.
He also said MCA must not let its guard down and that training and political education be carried out within the party immediately, no matter when the next general election would be.
Dr Wee had suggested during the MCA’s central committee meeting for a mock Parliament to be set up in the party’s headquarters to groom potential candidates and improve their debating skills.
Party secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon said MCA’s vision and mission was clear, which was to create an equitable society.
“MCA strives to protect the freedom of the people, protect Chinese education and to retain the harmony among the different races.
“And for the struggles of the party, let’s fight a peaceful battle. Use negotiations and take the middle path. MCA must be strong, ” he said.The anniversary celebration yesterday began with the inspection by the party leaders of a MCA Youth’s guard-of-honour and musical performances.
Among former MCA leaders present were Tan Sri Tan Koon Swan, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Tun Michael Chen, Tan Sri Lim Ah Lek, Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy and Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Tan Sri Fong Chan Onn, Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, Datuk Seri Hou Kok Chung, Tan Sri Lau Yin Pin and Tan Sri Kuan Peng Soon, among others.