In­ter­nal squab­bles hurt MCA

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KUALA LUMPUR: Fric­tion among fac­tions within MCA was one of the rea­sons the party failed to gar­ner the sup­port of Chi­nese vot­ers in the pre­vi­ous gen­eral elec­tion.

MCA Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon said the res­o­lu­tions adopted at the party’s re­cent an­nual gen­eral meet­ing would en­sure strength and unity among its mem­bers.

“This is im­por­tant be­cause one of the rea­sons for our loss in the pre­vi­ous elec­tion was due to in­ter­nal di­vi­sions in the party.

“As we come to­gether to unite, we now have a clearer vi­sion ... which is to win the rakyat’s sup­port again in the next gen­eral elec­tion,” he told re­porters when met at Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

MCA, once one of the largest par­ties in Barisan Na­sional, has per­formed poorly since the 2008 gen­eral elec­tion, los­ing most of its seats to DAP.

Chong said MCA, un­der the lead­er­ship of Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, has gone through ma­jor re­forms in mak­ing it more rel­e­vant to Chi­nese vot­ers.

Liow said MCA’s de­ci­sion to have a more open party elec­tion sys­tem was an im­por­tant trans­for­ma­tion to add more demo­cratic value and ap­peal to the rakyat.

We know MCA faced a huge de­feat in the last gen­eral elec­tion and we have to make sure party mem­bers are pre­pared to face a more in­tense chal­lenge,” he said. – by Haikal Jalil

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