KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 – The MCA tonight tabled its ‘report card’, highlighting 47 contributions to the Chinese community over the past 1,000 days. Its president, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek(Pic), said besides showcasing the party’s performance, the report card was also aimed at debunking opposition allegations against the MCA. He said the document would be part of MCA’s campaign tools in the upcoming general election.
“These are based on accurate figures, not spins like what the DAP does…the DAP can deny or admit what has been written in the report card,” he told reporters after presenting the party’s achievements at the MCA headquarters here.
Dr Chua listed various initiatives to boost Chinese education in the country, such as providing land for the setting up of more Chinese-type schools and substantial financial aid to such schools. In 2011, 1,648 of 4,000 Public Service Department scholarship recipients were Chinese students, the highest number of Chinese recipients on record.
The report card also stated that 80 per cent of entrepreneurs who obtained SME loans from the finance ministry in 2011 were Chinese. The 1,000-day commemoration came three years after the election of a new MCA central committee in March 2010, in the wake of the party’s leadership crisis.
Dr Chua also launched a panda character named ‘Wen Wen’ (‘Stable Stable’ in English) that will be the MCA’s mascot during its election campaign period. Meanwhile, the party president said MCA candidates for the general election had not been finalised, adding that the MCA has held its third meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“Until today, no one has been confirmed as a candidate and I want to remind potential candiates that they can be replaced until offer letters are given,” he said.