KUALA LUMPUR - MCA leaders, party veterans and representatives from Chinese guilds and associations came together for a reunion dinner in conjunction with Chinese New Year.
During the dinner, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai briefed over 3,000 guests on the progress of the party's transformation programmes, development and future plans.
He said he had been fighting against time to reform the party since taking over as president 14 months ago, adding that the new leadership had adopted a more proactive approach to enhance their interaction with the Chinese community.
"We will constantly brief and update the people on our work and what we have fought for in the Cabinet," said Liow.
Both the party and the Chinese community, he stressed, had also reached a consensus to fight any plan by PAS to implement hudud.
"We will not compromise on this issue and we will fight till the end.
"PAS' motive has been very clear, which is to set up an Islamic state."
Liow said both Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (KTAR) and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), which were set up by the party, had cultivated more than 20,000 young talents for the country.
"We will also build a hospital in Kampar," he said.
Liow urged party veterans to use their wisdom and experience to guide the party.
During the dinner, the guests and party leaders were seen greeting each other and their old friends, and taking the opportunity to catch up on news.
Among the MCA veterans were former party president Tan Koon Swan and former deputy presidents Tan Sri Lee Kim Sai, Tan Sri Michael Chen, Tan Sri Lim Ah Lek and Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy.
Guests from the guilds and associations included Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Hua Zong) president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah, United Chinese School Teachers Association president Ong Chiow Chuen, Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia president Datuk Lim Kok Cheong, United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia deputy chairman Chow Siew Hon and Lion Group chairman Tan Sri William Cheng and his wife Puan Sri Chelsia Cheng.
Guests were also entertained with programmes, featuring singing, band and Chinese orchestra performances.