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KUALA LUMPUR - They had barely rebuilt their lives from the ashes of World War II.

It was circa 1950, and half a million Chinese in Malaya were already facing imminent deportation – the decision of the British colonial government to banish them.

This came after the Malayan Communist Party launched an armed struggle against the British in 1948.

The Chinese became victims of that struggle.

It was Tun Tan Cheng Lock, the Malacca Chinese Chambers of Commerce president at the time, who came to their rescue.

Seeing the need for a political platform for his cause, he set up the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) on Feb 27, 1949.

It was in this turbulent era (the Emergency period, 1948-1960) that 465 new villages in various parts of the country were set up to house the Chinese.

The founding president helped the community to rebuild their lives, providing them with shelter and education.

He launched a social welfare lottery to raise funds to help the Chinese in 1950 until the British banned political parties from running lotteries three years later.

Fast forward to the present – after 11 presidents, MCA needed to evolve to face sweeping, unparalleled challenges.

Seeing this, Datuk

SEREMBAN - Barisan Nasional can win five additional state seats in Negri Sembilan and regain a two-thirds majority in the state assembly in the coming general election, provided there is no sabotage by those not picked to contest, its state chief said.

Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said Barisan lost several seats in the 2008 and 2013 general elections due to sabotage and infighting.

“Barisan will certainly do better if we readily accept the decision of the top leadership on who should contest,” he

BENTONG - MCA will work together with other races and serve all Malaysians to protect the interest of the Chinese population it represents, said its president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

“Although MCA represents the Chinese community, we work together with other races, serve all Malaysians and this is very crucial,” he said when visiting his constituents at Dewan Serbaguna Taman Saga here yesterday, which happened to be MCA’s 69th anniversary,

Liow said MCA would be celebrating its anniversary

KUALA LUMPUR - Voters holding onto Pakatan Harapan’s lofty promises will have to re-evaluate their expectations.

Economists and political analysts who had been studying the opposition’s strategy in getting the electorate on their side, said it was clear that the loose coalition had never asked itself the fundamental questions, including how it planned to get the funds to make good on its promises.

Economist Professor Dr Yeah Kim Leng of Sunway University Business School said for Pakatan to

KUANTAN - The 14th general election, expected to be called soon, is regarded by most political analysts as the most fierce and bitter election ever to be held in the country.

This has been admitted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak himself, who regarded it as 'the mother of all elections' that will determine whether Barisan Nasional (BN) continues to be in power in Putrajaya.

Undeniably, the question on whether the Chinese community will make another 'Chinese tsunami' or give their

KUALA LUMPUR - MCA will not let go of the Bandar Tun Razak seat unless there is a swap with Umno and will contest in all its traditional constituencies in Kuala Lumpur.

Party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Federal Territory MCA would be contesting in five traditional seats in Kuala Lumpur – Cheras, Seputeh, Bukit Bintang, Wangsa Maju and Bandar Tun Razak.

He denied that MCA would let go of the Bandar Tun Razak seat to Umno.

“This is not true – unless there is a swapping of seats

SEREMBAN - The Negeri Sembilan Barisan Nasional (BN) targets to win seven out of the eight parliamentary seats in the state and to secure two-third majority in the State Assembly at the upcoming 14th general election (GE14).

Menteri Besar and state BN chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said after winning five parliamentary seats in the GE13, the party would try to increase the number to seven by winning back the Telok Kemang and Seremban seats.

"For state seats, we have set a target to win

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