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MCA To Have 50% New Candidate

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MO, 19/6/2017, TANGKAK – The MCA had short­listed its can­di­dates for the gen­eral elec­tion with 50% of them be­ing new faces, said party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

“It is a good mix be­tween the old and new,” he said, adding that the party was in good form and well pre­pared to face the elec­tions.

Speak­ing to re­porters af­ter open­ing the Ledang MCA di­vi­sion an­nual gen­eral meet­ing here yes­ter­day, he said the se­lec­tion of the party’s can­di­dates for the gen­eral elec­tion was done based on sur­veys con­ducted in­volv­ing MCA mem­bers.

“It is done us­ing sci­en­tific method and did not in­volve crony­ism,” he said.

Liow said feed­back from grass­roots lead­ers showed that MCA had earned the trust and con­fi­dence as it is a party with prin­ci­ples.

This is un­like the DAP which has been mak­ing many U-turns since 2008 in­clud­ing forg­ing ties with PAS but later go­ing sep­a­rate ways, he added.

At an­other event in Se­lan­gor where he at­tended the Pu­chong MCA an­nual gen­eral meet­ing, Liow said the DAP had re­peat­edly proven it­self as a party with­out prin­ci­ples in­clud­ing us­ing un­der­hand tac­tics to win votes.

At an ear­lier func­tion in Kuala Lumpur, Liow said there was a need for Kop­erasi Jayadiri Malaysia Bhd (Ko­jadi) to be given a co­op­er­a­tive bank li­cence as soon as pos­si­ble.

Set up in 1981, Ko­jadi is MCA’s co­op­er­a­tive and its key fo­cus is on the pro­vi­sion of ed­u­ca­tion loans.

Since 2012, it has be­gun to di­ver­sify to other ar­eas such as mi­cro credit schemes, Small Re­tail­ers Trans­for­ma­tion, Au­to­mo­tive Work­shop Moderni­sa­tion, SME loans schemes, prop­erty loans and per­sonal loans.

To date, Ko­jadi has handed out more than RM224mil in ed­u­ca­tion loans and ap­proved RM98.15mil in SME loans.
On a sep­a­rate mat­ter, Liow, who is also the Trans­port Min­is­ter, said the road charge (RC) and ve­hi­cle en­try per­mit (VEP) would be im­ple­mented at land bor­ders be­tween Malaysia and Thai­land by the end of the year.

Liow said about 200,000 Sin­ga­pore reg­is­tered cars had al­ready reg­is­tered for the VEP, adding that the RC and VEP at en­try points bor­der­ing Brunei and In­done­sia would start in 2018.
Malaysia im­posed the RM20 RC at the Cause­way and Se­cond Link for for­eign reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles from Nov 1, 2016.

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