Monday July 30, 2012
Full efforts to inform public on choosing the right leaders in polls
By FOONG PEK YEE and ELWEEN LOKE
PROVIDING good services for the people will continue to be MCA’s top priority, and the party will not allow anything to derail its efforts.
Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the Pakatan Rakyat’s modus operandi was to find fault, intimidate and demoralise the party, especially its grassroots leaders and members.
“Please do not let the Opposition dampen your spirit.
“When you know that what you are doing is right, you must put in more effort.
“If the Opposition knows that you succumb because of what they said, you have already fallen into their trap,” he told delegates when officiating the joint opening of the Perak MCA Youth and Wanita 2012 annual convention in Ipoh, yesterday.
Dr Chua also cautioned that the Opposition would intensify their cyber attacks on the party as the general election drew nearer.
He said MCA at all levels must also intensify efforts to reach out to the people and help them, irrespective of ethnic background.
Apart from that, Dr Chua said there was also the need to highlight what the party had done for the people and what it was going to do, so people could make informed choices at the ballot box.
He said some people might be vulnerable to Pakatan Rakyat’s many promises like promising them a minimum of RM4,000 monthly household income, abolishing tolls and outstanding PTPTN loans owed to the Government if Pakatan made it to Putrajaya, this elections.
Dr Chua said all these promises would cost RM210bil a year, equivalent to the country’s annual revenue.The country would go bankrupt within two years if such promises were to be implemented, he added.
As such, Dr Chua said this must be explained to the people so that they would not be mislead to support Pakatan.
In Perak, Dr Chua said the people should see the true colours of the Pakatan and DAP, in particular.
Dr Chua, also Perak MCA chairman said the Perak Barisan Nasional had among others, resolved land problems involving 1,369 farmers and 2,925 ha in the last two years.
He said the Perak Barisan had also allocated 1,011 ha of land to the nine Chinese independent schools in the state.
The schools had formed a company to plant oil palm on the plot, and they would be getting an average of RM3.6mil a year for the next 30 years beginning this year, he added.
Dr Chua said the state government had also approved 99 years’ lease for all agricultural land, residential houses and gardens, and provided 90% discount for all residential houses when renewing their lease.
He said there were also many other things Barisan had done for the people’s benefit, especially on education, housing and welfare.
Perak MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said surveys had shown that support from the Chinese for MCA and Barisan had increased under Dr Chua’s leadership.
He said this had inspired members and leaders alike to strive even harder to serve the people.
Dr Mah said MCA was like a big family where friction might occur once in a while, but all must be taken in a positive and constructive manner.
Meanwhile, the achievements in Perak has also won the praises from MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong who was also present at the opening.
He said the people must find time to see what Barisan had done after the last elections so that they would not be misled by the Opposition,
Dr Wee said it was typical of the Opposition to condemn everything done by the MCA.
For instance, he said many DAP leaders had studied in MCA’s Kolej Tunku Abdul Rahman and benefited from it, and yet the DAP leaders have stated the college was a shame on MCA.
Wanita MCA secretary-general Chew Li Geok said the people in Selangor had been suffering from Pakatan’s empty promises since the coalition took over after the last elections.
Chew, also Selangor Wanita MCA chairman, said people from other states should learn a lesson from Selangor.
Perak Wanita MCA chairman Heng Seai Kie said it was the unity within MCA that would determine the party’s strength and its winning chances in the coming general election, and not how strong the Opposition was.