KUALA LUMPUR: MCA Youth must get ready to help the party win more seats in the upcoming general election, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) said.
The MCA deputy president said the Youth wing under Datuk Chong Sin Woon’s leadership would be a force to be reckoned with in GE14.
“It is a strong movement which also has the support of other Barisan Nasional component parties,” Dr Wee said when opening the movement’s 53rd annual general meeting here Saturday (Nov 4).
Despite a poor outing in the 2013 general election, Dr Wee said MCA stood a better chance in the upcoming election after having undergone a successful transformation in the last three years.
“We (MCA) are united and committed and the Youth in particular has to reach out to the Chinese youth,” he said.
Responding to media questions after the opening, Dr Wee said Chong would contest in GE14 but did not reveal the seat.
Likening Chong to the Musang King – a much sought after durian variety – in the political arena, Dr Wee said Chong is known for being brave and open in fighting a cause he believes in.
He said Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan had also praised Chong.
“The MB has mentioned twice that he is a good horse from MCA,” he added.
It has been widely speculated that Chong, whose hometown is in Nilai, Negri Sembilan, will be contesting in the Seremban parliamentary constituency.
Dr Wee said Chong, who is also Deputy Education Minister, is far sighted, creative and diligent.
“He proved that academic excellence does not correlate with doing lots of exercises in workbooks.
“This has reduced the burden on pupils as well as that of their parents,” Dr Wee said of Chong who was widely credited for resolving the longstanding heavy school bag problem.
Chinese primary school pupils will no longer have to lug heavy school bags when the new school term starts in January.
Chong said the books for Chinese primary school pupils would be based on a list by the Education Ministry.
Prior to this, the heads of respective Chinese schools were allowed to dictate the type of workbooks for the pupils.