Wanita MCA role more important than ever in current political situation - Chong

21 Oct 2023 06:49pm
MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon delivering his speech during Wanita MCA 48th Annual General Meeting in Wisma MCA today. - Photo by Bernama
MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon delivering his speech during Wanita MCA 48th Annual General Meeting in Wisma MCA today. - Photo by Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR - The role of Wanita MCA in the country’s current political situation is growing more serious and important than ever, said MCA secretary-general Datuk Chong Sin Woon.

He said in the last five years, the outgoing Wanita MCA central committee have always adhered to their posts and persisted to the end in confronting by-elections, state elections and the 15th General Election (GE15) while defending the rights of women and promulgating gender equality.

"Our party has been placed in a very difficult situation for more than 10 years and it takes a lot of courage and perseverance to be willing to assume leadership positions in our party at this time. The higher the party position, the heavier the responsibility where intense hard work is expected and required," he said.

Officiating Wanita MCA 48th annual general meeting here today, Chong said the new Wanita MCA central committee must assist the party in regaining the support of Chinese voters and returning to mainstream politics in the battle for fair and egalitarian treatment of Malaysians.

"This is certainly a very arduous task and I hope the new Wanita MCA central committee will set this goal as a priority task over the next few years. As an arm of MCA, I hold high expectations of the new Wanita MCA central committee. It is my hope Wanita MCA will continue with the fighting spirit of your predecessors," he said.

Meanwhile, Wanita MCA chief Wong You Fong in her policy speech said the movement is currently facing the ageing phenomenon, adding that there is an urgent need to recruit new members among the youth more aggressively.

"I will lead Wanita MCA to fully engage in implementing three main plans including creating a talent pool by identifying, training and continuously evaluating the relevant talents.

"This is to ensure that they become MCA’s new force, becoming candidates or strategists and so on, and help the party to field more than 30 per cent credible female candidates in the next general election,” she said.

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Besides that, Wong said Wanita MCA should enhance its use of social media, making it a core driving force because the changing times have rendered traditional door-to-door visits ineffective.

"Pakatan Harapan is seen to be focusing on using Facebook while Perikatan Nasional on TikTok. Barisan Nasional cannot solely rely on house visits or Jalinan Rakyat or JR Plus programmes.

"Publicity methods must be in line with the changing times, (we must) constantly seek innovation and better-prepared transformations to face the general election,” she added.

The 48th Wanita MCA and the 59th MCA Youth annual general meetings were held today ahead of the 70th MCA annual general meeting which will take place tomorrow.

Its 69th general assembly last year was held behind closed doors to allow the party to conduct a self-evaluation and discuss its future direction following GE15. - BERNAMA