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Liow: Be humble and sincere

Posted: 26 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

KLANG: Go to the ground, serve the people sincerely and humbly. This is the advice from MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai to grassroots leaders of the party.

"We will come up with more ideas and renew strategies to be on the ground more for the people," he said.

The party would also expose some of the politicking ways of the Opposition, which was merely propaganda to gain support but not effective in serving the rakyat, he said after chairing the Selangor MCA meeting yesterday.

At the event, Liow – who is also the state MCA chairman – announced the new exco line-up for the state and the appointment of 15 bureau chiefs.

The new exco sees many new faces with former chairman Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai being appointed deputy chairman.

The four new vice-chairmen are Tan Chong Seng, Goh Ah Ling, Datuk Puah Boon Choon and Datuk Wong Hock Aun.

Liow also announced the setting up of two new main committees in Selangor to oversee issues related to the state and syariah laws.

The State Government Issues and Policies Monitoring Committee is helmed by Datuk Wong Koon Mun while Yip Jiunn Hann is in charge of the Syariah Law and Policy Implementation Committee.

On another matter, Liow condemned a teacher from SJK (C) Khai Meng in Perak who was said to have forced two pupils to wear bells around their neck for not doing their homework.

He said the teacher must understand that their job was to guide the children, not humiliate them.

All for ministers' media engagement courses

Posted: 26 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently suggested that Cabinet members should take media engagement courses and Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hasan Malek is all for it.

Hasan said: "Any knowledge is valuable and I am up for it. I support any effort that can bring betterment for the Government, the country and the people."

The matter was reportedly raised during a recent Cabinet meeting in which Najib had highlighted the importance of giving out "clear and proper explanations" on government policies.

A source said Najib had also told Cabinet members to be comprehensible and effective when responding to issues and making statements to the press.

"The Prime Minister was speaking about effectively engaging with the media when he suggested that we take up some training or attend courses to improve our skills," he said.

A senior minister said media skills training for Cabinet members was not something new adding that he had undergone such a session a few years ago.

"The course proved valuable for me. I was exposed to many aspects of media relations and communication, including how to conduct press conferences well and deal with tough questions," he said.

Former Information minister and former editor-in-chief of Utusan Malaysia Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said while journalists could help educate ministers on effective media engagement, they had to be open-minded to the views and opinions from the press.

"Ministers must know what is it that the media want from them and know the right way to respond to questions. They must also know what to say and when to say it, rather than wanting to gain publicity and popularity with their statements but in the end disappoint the public by their lack of action," he added.

Former Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chik said Cabinet members during his days learned how to deal with the media through colleagues and experiences.

He said attending training courses might help today's ministers to handle the media better.

DAP to hold convention in Segamat to woo Johor voters

Posted: 26 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

PETALING JAYA: DAP will hold its national party convention in Segamat next in a move to win over the Johor voters in the next general election, says state DAP chairman Liew Chin Tong.

He added that this was to emphasise how crucial the semi-urban seats were in determining the outcome of the next election.

"Not only Northern Johor, but Southern Perak, Sabah and Sarawak will together determine the future of Malaysia.

"Most of these areas consist of semi-urban or rural parliamentary constituencies, in which Pakatan Rakyat has to work hard to win the hearts and minds of the voters," he said in a statement yesterday,

Liew, who is Kluang MP, said the Johor DAP would also be focusing its attention on these seats ahead of the 14th general election in order to help Pakatan win Johor.

"The party should work hard to garner more support from different groups, especially in marginal seats," he added.

On another matter, Liew said that the state DAP also reaffirmed its support for Skudai assemblyman Dr Boo Cheng Hau to continue as Opposition Leader in the state assembly.

The announcement was made during the state DAP committee meeting in Kahang yesterday.

During the recent state party polls, Liew, who was previously Bukit Bendera MP, was chosen to replace Dr Boo as state party chairman.

Liew also said that both he and Dr Boo were among seven leaders who would be representing DAP in Johor's Pakatan Rakyat committee.

The others are S. Ramakrishnan (deputy chairman), Gan Peck Chen (secretary) Chew Peck Choo (DAP Johor Wanita Chief),Tan Hong Pin (DAP Socialist Youth Johor Chief) and Mahdzir Ibrahim (member).


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