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)