KUALA KANGSAR: The Government has allocated RM2.37mil to the 37 Chinese guilds and associations here as a gesture of gratitude for backing Barisan in the recent parliamentary by-election.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who was here to see the guilds’ and associations’ members just two weeks ago during the by-election, returned to announce the allocation.
“The Prime Minister personally approved this allocation and it is a promise that we will work hard to resolve the problems faced by the Chinese community here.
“We will also strive to do our utmost best to regain the support of the Chinese community towards MCA and Barisan, as the Chinese will need the resources of the Government to help them.
“MCA should not be on the sidelines anymore. Although currently we only have seven MPs from the party in Parliament, we will never stop fighting for the rights and welfare of the Chinese,” he said during a unity dinner with the guilds’ and associations’ members here yesterday.
Liow also said the Chinese should make a stand against the Hudud Bill proposed by PAS, and that their support for Barisan in the by-election had sent a clear message.
“We are a multiracial country. We simply cannot allow any other party to change the way the country is governed,” he said.
Earlier, Perak MCA chief Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon announced that of the total money allocated, RM450,000 would be used to upgrade the basic amenities of the Jerlun New Village.
“Previously, the people here have also asked for RM500,000 to build a new community hall for the village. And now, a total of RM700,000 has been approved for this very purpose,” he said.
Other allocations announced by Dr Mah also included RM350,000 to upgrade Chung Hwa High School and RM80,000 to improve the facilities of the Chao Hui Miao temple hall.