MCA to field younger candidates in Malaysia's general election

Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai (C) speaks during a press conference at the Malaysian federal administrative centre in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, on Jan 10, 2018.
Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai (C) speaks during a press conference at the Malaysian federal administrative centre in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, on Jan 10, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

KUALA TERENGGANU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), the second-largest member of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition government, will be fielding younger candidates in the 14th general election, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

The MCA president said more than 50 per cent of the candidates listed are new faces and are aged below 50.

"We've finalised our list and will send it up to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for approval," said Mr Liow, who is also transport minister.

Mr Liow was in Kuala Terengganu for state-level celebrations in conjunction with MCA's 69th anniversary and to also meet local NGOs.

He added that in order to bring forward issues relevant to youths, the party believes it is crucial to field candidates within that age range.

"Barisan Nasional also focuses on youths, so likewise, we will focus on the aspirations of our youths.

"Their future is important. We want the energy and dynamism of youths to work together with the country's leadership to build our nation," he said.

He also said that MCA will be contesting in 90 state seats and 40 parliamentary seats.

"We are confident that we are fielding the best candidates to serve the people," he added.

Mr Najib has told MCA that it will need to win at least 15 parliamentary seats to keep its three ministerial portfolios in government - a prospect many view as highly unlikely.

The last peak in BN's popularity was in the 2004 election and, in that election, MCA won 31 of the 40 parliamentary seats it contested. It took only 15 seats in 2008, and in 2013 it managed to win just seven seats.