KUALA LUMPUR – MCA has already come up with a list of candidates for the 40 parliamentary and 90 state seats it intends to contest in the next general election, says party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
â€œIn the past GEs we had always fielded our candidates last minute. This time, it is important for us to be prepared early to strengthen party unity,â€ he told reporters after chairing the 14th central committee meeting at Wisma MCA yesterday.
In an effort to bring grassroots communities closer to the central leadership, Liow said the party would hold roadshows titled â€œJom Gerak, Stronger Togetherâ€ in 13 states.
â€œThe first will be held at Ayer Hitam, our deputy presidentâ€™s constituency, on March 12 and 13, before moving up north,â€ he added.
Also, the partyâ€™s divisions as well as candidates have been given key performance indicators (KPI) to fulfil before the next polls.
Liow said based on a survey last year, some divisions had only 20 to 30 marks.
â€œOur target is a KPI of 100 marks for the divisions. We have a checklist for them to complete,â€ he said.
Deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is the partyâ€™s election steering committee chairman for GE14, has been tasked with overseeing divisions and ensuring they meet their KPI.
The central committee has also decided to hold an emergency general meeting soon with central delegates to vote on a motion to implement electoral reforms in the party.
MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said the party planned to expand election of the central leadership by 2,377 to 30,000 delegates at the divisional level nationwide.
At the same event, Liow, who is Transport Minister, revealed that the Cabinet committee set up to look into the unilateral conversions of children also included him and Minister in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.
The other names announced earlier were Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, de facto law minister Nancy Shukri, Minister in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. – MyNewsHub/The Star