KUALA LUMPUR: Winning the next general election will be MCA’s New Year resolution with 2020 just a month away, says Datuk Chong Sin Woon (pic).
The party secretary-general said that activities to reach out to people on the ground would be made a regular exercise.
He added that the party’s women’s wing would also be given a wider role in Barisan Nasional’s bid to win back Federal power in the 15th General Election (GE15).
Acknowledging that the 44-year-old Wanita MCA had been confined to doing background work, Chong said the women’s wing was ready to break out from the “frame” and added that their ability to get voters to come out to vote in the Nov 16 Tanjung Piai by-election was commendable.
“Wanita Umno and Wanita MCA were able to share and learn from each other in the by-election. They also moved and worked together on the ground to reach out to the people instead of shouting slogans,” said Chong.
“The cooperation of the Barisan component parties is so encouraging,” Chong said after opening the Wanita MCA annual general meeting (AGM) here on Saturday (Nov 30) morning.
The Tanjung Piai by-election saw Barisan candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng from MCA defeating Pakatan Harapan candidate Karmaine Sardini with a 15,086 vote majority.
Pakatan beat Barisan for the seat in GE14 by 524 votes.
Speaking at the opening, Wanita MCA chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie described Barisan’s defeat in GE14 as a blessing in disguise.
“Because of GE14, Malaysians got to see the difference between Barisan and Pakatan,” she said, citing the slowing economy, Pakatan’s unfulfilled GE14 manifesto and the heightened racial and religious remarks by Pakatan leaders as issues plaguing the people.
“The people must not be made to suffer because of Pakatan,” she said.
Wanita Umno chief Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad said Barisan parties might have differences in opinion once in a while but the coalition was able to find solutions together in the interest of the people and nation with mutual respect.
“This shows the importance of the muafakat concept and cooperation in Barisan,” Noraini said.
She said the Tanjung Piai by-election showed the people’s support for Barisan remained intact, and added that the coalition’s muafakat concept is working well and that democracy is alive in Barisan.
Noraini said MCA was more acceptable by Malaysians as it is a moderate party.
While it has been a Barisan tradition where component party leaders attend the opening of each others’ AGM, this is the first time for a Wanita Umno chief to go on stage and give a speech.
Also present was Wanita MIC chief Usha Nandhini Jayaram.
A total of 909 of the 1,942 Wanita central delegates (46.8%) turned up for the meeting.
The opening of the AGM also saw all present observing a minute of silence to pay respects to Senator Datuk Ong Chong Swen who died on Nov 18.
She was 69 and the wing’s secretary-general.
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