Don’t let red tape hinder economic growth, says Liow
KUALA LUMPUR: The Chinese community wants the Government to help all needy Malaysians, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said inclusivity should also cover areas like economic opportunities.
“As emphasised by the Prime Minister, there is a need for an efficient delivery system. Let’s not allow bureaucracy to obstruct economic growth,” he said at the MCA’s Chinese Community Patriotic Assembly yesterday, which was attended by more than 16,000 people from all segments of society.
Liow pointed out that Malaysia’s multi-racial achievements – its stability, harmony, peace and development – did not come by accident.
“This a result of our forefathers' wisdom, inclusiveness, bravery and sacrifices. And we must be steadfast in this era of rapid transformation, in order to be in charge of our country’s future,” he said.
On Malaysia’s unity in diversity, Liow said, “It is the rakyat’s acceptance of co-existence despite the different education streams, religions and cultures that gives our country its strength and competitive edge.
“While we are not immune to various challenges – from extremism to our inherent differences – what is important is our willingness and ability to find solutions through deliberation for consensus.”
Liow said the Chinese community has never made irrational demands but has emotions that need to be understood.
“We are patriotic and have always upheld the country,” he said, adding that the community was confident Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak could meet its emotional needs.
Liow, who is also Transport Minister, said the community places much importance on the development of Chinese primary schools and in making the different languages part of the country’s strength and competitive advantage.
Political stability, national security, as well as an effective and efficient government administrative system, he said, were also important to the community.
The two-hour event also featured a video and sketches depicting the journey of the country from pre-independence to present day.
Deputy MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the overwhelming response to the gathering was very impressive and touching.
From an expected 10,000-strong crowd, it swelled to 13,000 with the final count at 16,000-plus.
“Many had to stand or sit on the floor,” Dr Wee said.