KUALA LUMPUR - More political education programmes will be organised to instil loyalty among members and to boost their confidence in MCA, says party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He admitted that the members' morale was low and suffered a sense of alienation within Barisan Nasional after the 13th general election (GE13).
"Some even admitted that they have turned their back on the party and would vote for the Opposition in the Kajang by-election in March.
"This is due to the lack of political conviction in them, especially when facing the onslaught of the Opposition propaganda," Liow said at the re-launching ceremony of the MCA School of Political Studies at Wisma MCA here yesterday.
He added that resolve needed to be strengthened and efforts taken to "steel us to cope with future challenges".
Although the party's defeat in GE13 would remain a black mark in its history, Liow encouraged party members to have confidence in the party and live up to its trust.
Liow said cadre training would also be provided to allow grassroots leaders to be one with the party's philosophy, to better understand MCA's struggles and objectives.
As the party's agents of change, these leaders are tasked with delivering MCA's agenda to members and to counter the public's negative perception of the party.
"They will help to oversee the restructuring of the party and ensure it transforms at the ground level," he said, adding that the school also aimed at grooming future party leaders.
The MCA School of Political Studies was set up in 2005 but came to a halt due to disputes within the party. MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun is its new principal.
For a start, hundreds of grassroots leaders attended a one-day forum on "The Thoughts of Tun Tan Cheng Lock and MCA" after yesterday's re-launch.
Chew said the school's motto was to promote the value of universal benevolence, good values and to pursue perfection and determination.