Malaysia's system of choosing PM works, no change needed: MCA president

Malaysia's system of choosing PM works, no change needed: MCA president

KUALA LUMPUR: The Prime Minister should continue to be elected using the present system and not by direct polls, says MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic).

"The current system is transparent and good, whereby Members of Parliament (MPs) choose the Prime Minister," he said, disagreeing with a proposal by Umno veteran Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah that the Prime Minister should be chosen by direct elections.

Liow was speaking to reporters after attending the closing ceremony of an orientation programme for new party members at Wisma MCA here Sunday.

Liow, who is also Transport Minister, said Malaysia practised the Westminster system, whereby the people chose their MPs, who would in turn elect the Prime Minister.

He however said he supported moves for an "internal rejuvenation" of Barisan Nasional so it could be more inclusive of all races.

It was reported that Tengku Razaleigh had proposed for Malaysia to consider other systems in selecting its prime minister, such as using direct elections.

He had said the Westminster system the country inherited from the British may be irrelevant now as Malaysians had changed.

On another matter, Liow said MCA hoped to recruit 1,300 new members aged 45 and below.

"We will be having 15 more recruitment drives for new members," he said, adding that 512 new youth members participated in the orientation programme.

Liow said he hope more young Malaysians would join and help the MCA transform.

"MCA is an asset to the Chinese community and is a party that upholds positive values. We want more youths to promote such values to their peers," he said.

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