‘The rakyat comes first’

Work harder: Wee andJohor MCA deputy chairman Datuk Lim Pay Hen at the press conference after the state MCA meeting in Johor Baru. — Bernama

JOHOR BARU: The relationship between Umno, MCA, MIC and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah is akin to a bond of brotherhood under the Barisan Nasional family, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The MCA president said Umno, MCA and MIC came together to form the country’s first coalition and were duty-bound to serve the people.

“We need to continue working hard for the people as there are still many things that need to be done, ” he said after chairing the state MCA meeting here yesterday.

The Ayer Hitam MP said many issues were discussed during the two-hour meeting, with its main focus being the state’s preparations for the next general election (GE15).

However, he said it was still too early to discuss seat allocations among Barisan’s component parties, adding that the coalition’s

leadership would decide on the matter.

“Right now, it is important for us to focus on our respective areas as we need to work harder and not only during the election.

“We must foster closer ties with the people, pay them a visit or help them to overcome their difficulties, ” he said.

Dr Wee said contributing items such as a wheelchair or a bed to the needy and less fortunate meant a lot to them, especially during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

He also said Johor MCA had helped to register more than 11,600 people statewide to get vaccinated under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

“I called upon all MCA divisions to help the people on government’s initiatives such as Prihatin and Permai packages as many still do not understand the process of getting the aid.

“We should also use social media platforms as part of our preparations for GE15 to answer queries and accusations thrown at us and at the government.

“This is the trend, to engage the people on various social media apps such as TikTok and Clubhouse, especially now with the movement control order in place, ” he added.

On another matter, Dr Wee said MCA would be organising a nationwide campaign to create public awareness about Macau scams as there have been many such cases highlighted.

He said MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon would discuss the campaign with Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.

“We have done similar campaigns before such as ‘Say No to Ecstasy’, which is held to create awareness about the dangers of drugs to youths, ” he said.

On the controversial decision made by SMK Dato Bentara Luar to segregate co-curricular activities based on race and gender, Dr Wee said the policy was against the nation’s education philosophy.

He said when former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was the education minister, the government introduced a programme to integrate school students, regardless of race, through co-curricular activities.

On Saturday, the school’s decision to segregate co-curricular activities based on race and gender was nixed, following public uproar and the intervention of the Education Ministry.

Principal Abdul Razak Hamid issued an apology on the school’s Facebook page, saying it was a mistake and wholly unintentional.

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