PHOTOS BY RONNIE CHIN
Perak MCA delegates atttending the state convention at Syuen Hotel.
THE MCA will continue to work with the state government to resolve the matter of 3,000 pending land applications in the state.
Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the party, despite not being in its best condition after the General Election, would strive to help farmers settle their long-standing land problems, especially in the northern part of the state.
He said the MCA had assisted about 1,500 farmers to solve their problems that involved a total of 4,046.86ha over the last three years.
“This was done through a special taskforce, spearheaded by Chenderiang assemblyman Datuk Mah Hang Soon, that was set up to expedite land applications,” he said in his opening speech during the state MCA Convention at Syuen Hotel in Ipoh on Sunday.
On land matters in new villages, Dr Chua, who is also state MCA chairman, said the state government, under the leadership of Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, had agreed to reduce land premium of residential premises by 90%.
“This is something I hope governments in other states could emulate,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Chua said the granting of a piece of land in Gunung Besout in Sungkai to the nine Chinese independent schools in the state also proved the party’s dedication to boost Chinese education.
It was reported that the state government had given a 1,012ha plot of land to the board of governors of the nine schools, which has set up a company named Semangat Suwa Sdn Bhd to manage the land.
The nine schools benefiting from the venture are SM Shen Jai, SM Yuk Choy and SM Poi Lam in Ipoh, SM Nam Hwa (Sitiawan), SM Yik Ching (Pantai Remis), SM Pei Yuan (Kampar), SM Hua Lian (Taiping), SM Sam Min (Teluk Intan) and SM Tsung Wah (Kuala Kangsar).
With the help of Dr Mah, who was then state executive councillor, Semangat Suwa subsequently struck a deal with Sawit Langkap Sdn Bhd, which developed the land into an oil palm estate.
Sawit Langkap would cultivate oil palm trees on the land and in return, pay Semangat Suwa RM1.1mil annually for the first five years followed by RM5.1mil annually for the next 25 years.
The revenue generated would be used to pay for various expenditures of all the schools.
Dr Chua said the success of the unprecedented move was proof of MCA’s commitment.
Despite losing support from voters in the May 5 elections this year, the MCA president said members should work harder to gain people’s confidence in the party.
“For this, we must make sure that there is a strong unity between division and branch leaders and grassroot members,” he said.