KULAIJAYA - MCA recognises potential leaders and wants to groom them while they are still young.
Party deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said previously the party overlooked the younger members.
"This is what I had observed while in the party," he said. "Members in their 20s and 30s were told that they lack life experience.
"They were not given opportunities. By the time they hit their 40s and 50s, they were told that they were too old and should give way to others," added the former MCA Youth chief.
It was time to discard such culture, he said.
"And, opportunities must now be given to aspiring leaders based on their capabilities, not their age," he said when opening the Johor MCA Youth AGM here yesterday.
Wee said: "Being young does not mean that they could not lead."
On another matter Wee said the MCA was ready to face voters should there be a snap election in Selangor arising from the Mentri Besar crisis.
The party traditionally contested in 14 state seats in Selangor.
Earlier this year, the MCA failed to wrest the Kajang state seat in a forced by-election at which PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail won.
In another by-election in Penang, the party chose not to put a candidate in the Bukit Gelugor parliamentary by-election following the death of incumbent Karpal Singh.