SEREMBAN - The MCA's "Stronger Together" campaign has shown early signs of success since it was launched almost four months ago, boosting the party's efforts to perform better in the next general election.
Party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the campaign, which would be carried out in three phases over three years, had helped to strengthen party unity and its transformation process.
"Before the last general election, we (MCA) were attacked continuously by the Opposition's cybertroopers as well as through the social media.
"However, since we have been able to close ranks, we will continuously engage the Chinese community and tell them how the Opposition has been using rhetorics to mislead them," he said after opening the Negri Sembilan MCA convention here yesterday.
Also present were his deputy and state chairman Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, vice-presidents Datuk Lee Chee Leong, Datuk Hou Kok Chung, Datuk Chua Tee Yong and Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, Wanita chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie and Youth chief Chong Sin Woon.
Liow commended Dr Wee for having come up with a plan to wrest back some of the seats the party lost in the last polls.
He added that the party needed the people's support to make its tranformation plan work.
Expressing his regret over the misuse of social media by irresponsible individuals, Liow said these careless acts, aimed at stoking racial sentiment, had become more evident after the May 5 polls last year and needed to be stopped.
"MCA does not only wish to regain the support of the Chinese community as we are equally concerned for the need to strengthen national unity and take advantage of our strength in diversity," he said.
Liow told members that it was paramount for the party to explain to the people, particularly the Chinese, that the so-called slogans used by the Opposition to gain support from the rakyat were merely populist in nature.