PETALING JAYA: Wanita MCA will switch from conducting home visits to making phone calls to track sentiment in preparation for the next general election, says its chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie (pic).
“The women’s wing has always been responsible for home visits and conducting polls. However, home visits are obviously restricted during the movement control order.
“Therefore, we must adjust our strategy to conduct interviews and polls over the phone.
“We should start with party members first before approaching relatives, friends and associations, ” she said at the simultaneous launch of Wanita MCA and state annual general meetings via teleconferencing yesterday.
A total of 4,374 women delegates joined the event that was broadcast live from Wisma MCA in Kuala Lumpur.
Heng said the delegates would be able to complete the mission by March.
“Whether or not MCA would regain lost ground and recreate glory in the next general election would depend on various factors, including accurate sentiments, strategies, candidates and the party’s struggle and direction.
“It’s a difficult task, but the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, ” she said.
Despite limitations brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, she said 2021 is a crucial year for the party to be prepared for the polls.
Heng said Wanita MCA was supportive of the King’s move to proclaim an emergency until Aug 1.
“With the surge of Covid-19 cases which led to a shortage of medical supplies and facilities in various states, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong made a decisive and wise decision in prioritising public safety and national interests.
“This decision, although maliciously criticised especially by the opposition, is to safeguard public health given the severity of this infectious disease, and floods ravaging across several states, ” she said.
Heng called on all elected representatives, including 42 MPs and 127 state assemblymen from DAP, to emulate MCA representatives to perform their duty as wakil rakyat.
And to ensure the business community can quickly return to a normal economic cycle, Heng said public infrastructure projects must be implemented as soon as possible.
“This is necessary to inject impetus into the market to stimulate businesses and the economy.”
Heng said the government should pay attention to five key areas to enable the survival of enterprises - alleviating cash flow, cost and credit problems; enhancing loan facilities and incentives; reviewing tax policies to reduce business and investment costs, including consideration in bringing back the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and capping it at 3% and abolishing inheritance tax and real property gains tax.
Other areas include restarting Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) project to give a boost to the real estate industry and attract foreign investments, she said.
On education, Heng called on the Education Ministry to rope in “elite teachers” and plan for virtual classrooms in the new normal with a timetable with designated teachers for each subject.
“The ministry could come up with plans and systematic teaching for students at all levels across the country to follow through computers, mobile phones and other devices to continue learning, ” she said.