KUALA LUMPUR - Youths wanting to try their hand in the agricultural sector can seek assistance in obtaining land and loans with a newly set-up cooperative by the MCA Youth.
Its chief Chong Sin Woon said the party wing hoped to encourage more youths to get involved in the agricultural sector, which is now less labour intensive thanks to technology advancements.
"The Cooperative Commission of Malaysia has approved our proposal to set up the cooperative, known as the Kooperasi Petani Muda Malaysia.
"We will talk to state governments and land owners to help local youths obtain land and loans from various agencies," he told reporters after chairing the MCA Youth's central committee meeting at Wisma MCA here yesterday.
Chong said those who wanted to be a member had to pay RM50 (S$18.50) each and buy a minimum share of RM100.
"The age limit for members is below 40 and shares can be held by those up to 50 years old. When they reach 50, they will have to sell their shares. There is no maximum limit for purchasing shares," he said.
Those interested in joining the cooperative can obtain the application form to be uploaded next week on the party's website at www.mca.org.my.
On another matter, Chong said MCA Youth would be organising a series of activities in conjunction with its 60th anniversary this year.
"Instead of holding celebrations like concerts and gala dinners, we will be more introspective to reflect on MCA's struggle throughout history and look into the party's relevance in today's society.
"We need to see what MCA Youth can do for the country and people as well as how it can help the party to rebuild itself," he said.
Chong also announced that three new bureaus were set up under the party wing, namely the Youth Agricultural Development Committee, Economic Consultative Committee and E-Commerce Development Committee.
He said the party wing was also targeting to send 300 youths to the World Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy, which is an exhibition featuring global scientific and technological innovations to better lives.
On the deferment of the National Service Training Programme (PLKN), Chong said Negri Sembilan MCA Youth chairman Leaw Kok Chan was part of the committee to review the programme.
"Leaw will offer MCA Youth's views on the revamp of PLKN, which is to have more emphasis on national harmony and interaction among the races," he said.