SIMPANG RENGAM - Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) will continue to play a pivotal role in assisting the Government enhance bilateral ties with China, especially in trade, says party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's recent visit to China had helped to boost ties, and the visit itself was a great achievement for the country.
"The Government hopes to achieve more than US$160 billion (S$200 billion) in bilateral trade with China by 2017," said Liow.
"With this in mind, MCA will support the Prime Minister and encourage participation among the Chinese Malaysian community by engaging them in the initiatives introduced by the Government," he said after attending the Simpang Renggam MCA division meeting here on Saturday.
Liow added that since its formation the MCA always focused on helping the community on education, security and economy, which paved the way for Malaysia to become a growing country.
"Among the key groups that the party will be focusing on are the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and the young entrepreneurs to spur the country's economic growth," he said.
In Kuala Lumpur yesterday, MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon launched the Together We Make A Difference campaign that encourages the youth to apply for the 1MCA Micro Credit Scheme and other loans offered by the Kope-rasi Jayadiri Malaysia Berhad (Kojadi).
He encouraged the youth to start up their own businesses, emphasising that Malaysia had a huge potential for trading due to its location and natural resources.
The credit scheme provides a ceiling loan of up to RM20,000 (S$7,770) to Malaysians aged 21 to 40 years to either expand their businesses or start new ventures at a 4 per cent interest rate.
For more information on the scheme and vocational courses, visit www.ki.edu.my.