Don’t let red tape hin­der eco­nomic growth, says Liow

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - Re­ports by FOONG PEK YEE, MAZWIN NIK ANIS and ROYCE TAN

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.

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