IPOH: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek is proud that for the first time Wisma MCA will be the venue for the Barisan Nasional convention on Nov 28.
In previous years, the convention was held at the Putra World Trade Centre.
Dr Chua said 200 representatives from the MCA would be attending the convention, which is expected to discuss the recruitment of members directly into the Barisan without having to be a member of a component party.
He also said that candidates for the next general election would be decided after getting the views from all component party leaders, with the final decision left to the Prime Minister.
“We cannot simply place somebody at a constituency just because we like him or her,” he told reporters during the fund-raising dinner for the 1MCA Medical Foundation at the Sun Lee How Fook Restaurant here last night.
On the fundraiser, Dr Chua said Perak collected about RM640,000 to help Malaysians with medical needs.
The fund, he said, would be made available to all Malaysians seeking treatment in private or government hospitals.
A maximum RM20,000 would be given to recipients but those needing more could appeal.
Dr Chua said the 1MCA Medical Foundation would be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Mutiara Hotel on Dec 13 and RM500,000 would be disbursed from next year.
THE STAR (Friday November 19, 2010)