TANGKAK: MCA may field candidates from among the younger generation in the next general election if they can win the seats for Barisan Nasional.
Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said it was important to train the younger generation so they would one day take over the leadership of the party.
Speaking to reporters here, he said MCA leaders at all levels should encourage the younger members to be actively involved in party activities.
“We want the younger generation to be given the opportunity to lead and we should give them the space to develop from now.
“We also want party leaders to engage more youths as they make up the majority of the population,” he said after launching the Ledang MCA Youth Sunshine cultural show here on Thursday night.
Dr Chua said it was wrong to assume that all young people were anti-government as recent studies by the party showed some were strong supporters of Barisan Nasional.
Studies had shown that about 40% of the youths were still undecided whom to support but they indicated that they would vote according to the performance of the party.
Party leaders should work hard to win the support of this 40% and capitalise on the recent election fiasco in PKR as many of the youths were disillusioned by the opposition party.
“The PKR election fiasco is an eye-opener to all that the Opposition cannot even conduct elections properly and its leaders are leaving the party one by one.
“Those who had left the PKR had openly claimed that they had lost confidence and that there was no democracy in the party,” he said, adding that the youths should be able to evaluate the current political scenario for themselves.
Dr Chua also said the Government’s recent economic transformation programme would create at least three million jobs in the next 10 years.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s decision to provide scholarships to students who scored at least 9As irrespective of their race was also a good sign.
“The Government is trying to be as fair as possible to everyone and we urge the youths to support the economic transformation programme,” he said.
The programme, if successfully implemented, would benefit everyone in terms of income, standard of living and better job opportunities, he added.
THE STAR (Saturday November 27, 2010)