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Monday, December 23, 2013

MCA Youth: Stop the blame game

Published: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 7:21:00 AM 
Updated: Friday December 20, 2013 MYT 2:41:21 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA Youth wants Barisan Nasional component parties to stop blaming and taking revenge on the Chinese community for the coalition’s losses in the 13th general election. 

“Accept the results and the decisions of the people with an open heart and do not blame them for not supporting Barisan,” the wing said in a resolution adopted at its 49th annual general assembly yesterday. 

It strongly condemned the irresponsible leaders from Umno and other organisations for making insulting speeches against the Chinese. 

“We hope the Barisan leadership will take stern action against those who made extreme statements and jeopardised the harmony between the different races,” it added. 

A total of 17 resolutions covering several sectors including education, economics and social affairs were adopted at the event at Wisma MCA. 

This year’s AGM saw an encouraging turnout of 1,516 central delegates (77.1%), of the total 1,966 at the event. 

For the first time in history, the MCA Youth saw young female members attending its AGM, after the party amended its constitution to open its membership to women below 40. 

MCA Youth also outlined several strategies to reduce crime. These include moves to beef up patrols and install more CCTVs on the streets and to increase police manpower. 

On education, the wing urged the Government to allocate an annual RM200mil to 1,295 Chinese primary schools, and another RM20mil for the Chinese conforming schools. 

It also called for a review of the intake system of students at higher learning institutions and to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate taken by students at Chinese independent schools. 

The wing also wished for the Government to help youths venturing into business by offering bigger loan amounts and providing them with a platform to showcase their products through national television stations. 

On party affairs, it said it would support the new leadership in carrying out the transformation plan and unite all members to restore party dignity and regain the people’s support. 

It also wanted the Government to take stern action on those found to have committed misconduct in the Auditor-General’s report. 

“We support anti-corruption and the Government has to re-evaluate the investigation and prosecution process to prevent unfair prosecution,” it recommended. 

It also objected to the electricity tariff hike and the hefty increment in the salaries of Selangor government officials. 

“Reduce the goods and services tax (GST) from 6% to 4% and build more affordable houses to ease the burden of the people,” it said.

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