Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chua: More important to focus on consolidating MCA before party polls

KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA can postpone its elections which is due in March but it will have to amend its constitution before it can do so.

Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the central committee had discussed the postponement, and the election steering committee chaired by secretary-general Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha would have to study the matter.

“The steering committee will have to propose what to do if the elections are to be postponed.

“Many feel that the party is now more united and stable and it is good that we focus on further consolidating the party.

“Unity and stability (in the party) is important to face the next general election,” he said after chairing the central committee meeting here yesterday.

Under the constitution, the party can only decide whether to postpone its elections if it is due 42 months after the last general election.

The elections is due next March – only 36 months from the last general election in March 2008.

Kong said the steering committee would meet before year’s end and any amendments to the constitution would have to be passed by the general assembly, meaning an extraordinary general meeting must be convened for that purpose.

Meanwhile, Dr Chua said the party had recruited 17,378 new members this year, 70% of them below 45 years of age.

In 2008, there were 783 recruits.

“The 22-fold increase shows a return of the people’s confidence in the party,” he said, adding that the membership now stood at 970,000.

He said female members aged below 45 could also opt to join the party’s Youth wing.

Wanita MCA chief Datuk Yu Chok Tow said the Wanita membership stood at 385,000 and giving women the option to join the Wanita or Youth wings would enable the party to recruit more members.

Dr Chua also announced the dates for several party events next year:

> First president Tun Tan Cheng Lock’s memorial commemoration in Malacca on Jan 8;

> Chinese New Year open house at Wisma MCA, Kuala Lumpur, on Feb 3 at 9.30am;

> Media night at Wisma MCA on Feb 18;

> MCA 62nd anniversary at Wisma MCA on Feb 27.

THE STAR (Tuesday December 14, 2010)


1Malaysian said...

颜炳寿 is wrong in saying that " 反对政府起诉莫哈末沙布

1)It is not BN 政府 起诉莫哈末沙布! Is police department who act according to LAW. Are you implying BN have influence over the police? Is 莫哈末沙布 wrong or not in LAW is not your MCA business.

2) Do not say Gov should do this, shouldn't do that too much. This give rakyat impression that MCA although in Gov but have no say in many issues. CSL is special case because although he is MCA president, he is not in the cabinet.

My two cents

1Malaysian said...

I am very surprise MCA didn't reply to LGE's remark on supporting Annuar Ibrahim to become Prime Minister even if he is in jail!

He was implying if PKR take over government, they can do whatever they like! This include freeing prisoner of PKR liking even if he/she was convicted guilty?

Don't forget, government and juridical system are two separated bodies.

hwlooi said...

New Rare earth plants

1. Arafura di Whayalla Australia
2. Great Western Minerals di Steenkampskraal South Afrika
3. Avalon Rare Metal di Thor Lake Canada
4. Alkane di Dubbo New South Wales Australia
5. Molycorp Inc. in Mountain Pass, California, USA

In the past the rare earth plants in America were closed for the same reason why any mine or company close down...it had become uneconomical i.e. losing money!

This was because at that time China was selling rare earth elements at a ridiculously low price and nobody could compete with them.

Feb 22, 2012 :
Molycorp Inc. said it will start up a newly constructed rare earths processing plant at its Mountain Pass, Calif., operation this week.
Crushing and cracking operations as well as the facility’s combined heat and power plant are scheduled to come online this week, while other components—including milling and mineral extraction, rare earth oxide...

Australians building Giant Rare Earth Plant in Australia:

It should also be noted that Australians are delighted that a company called Arafura is building a huge Rare Earth Processing Plant costing over A$1 Billion in Whyalla in South Australia.

This plant is expected to produce over 1,000 high paying jobs for the Australians.

Arafura must be hoping that we are stupid enough to stop Lynas and stop competing with them.

Dato' Dr Looi Hoong Wah.
FAMM, MB., ChB(Manchester), MRCS(England), MRCP(UK), MRCP(London

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