PETALING JAYA: Strengthening racial harmony, rebuilding the economy, and holding on to its political principles will be MCA's three main focuses next year, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The MCA president said the party must be faithful to the mandate given by the people and its component party members.
"We must be a reliable and trusted political party. We must not pay lip service as it will not bring us far. Instead, we must walk the talk and be consistent with our words and actions," he said during MCA’s 72nd party anniversary on Sunday (March 7).
Dr Wee added that the party needed to recruit more young people with the same idealism to join them.
"We need to mentor them and grow them so that we will have new blood to continue this journey for us and fight against politicians and political parties that are hypocritical," he said.
In strengthening national unity and racial harmony, Dr Wee explained that recently there have been parties who have "no qualms in destroying inter-racial harmony and peace by creating misunderstandings and raise tensions, stirring up hatred by pitting one race against another".
As such, he said the party must remember its political ideas and position as they are the ambassadors of ethnic relations, and "the bridge that unites the people".
He added that they were also a political party that creates harmony and peace.
As the country has kicked off the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, Dr Wee believes that the pandemic will soon slow down and that Malaysia will be able to embark on a full economic revival and a strong rebound.
"We must grab this opportunity to focus on reviving economic development and compensating on time lost in the past year," he said.
Being in the ruling coalition, Dr Wee, who is also the Transport Minister, said through collaboration between the ministries of Transport, Finance, and International Trade and Industry, they have been able to gather more resources to expedite the execution of various policies.
"We are working hard to push for post-pandemic economic development and increase the overall income level of the people. This is to ensure that our people will return to normalcy before the pandemic and enjoy even better lives," he said.