Origins of the Langkawi Project
The Langkawi Project is a comprehensive campaign initiated by the MCA to uplift the standard of education in rural areas in line with the theme of the Party’s 44th Anniversary Celebrations One Heart One Vision. The idea of the Project was first mooted by the MCA President, Dato’ Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik and adopted by the Party’s Central Committee meeting held in Langkawi on 12th January 1993, hence the name of the project. The project was officially launched by Dato’ Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik on 22nd February 1993 in Kuala Lumpur. A national level committee, headed by Party Vice President, Dato’ Lim Ah Lek was formed to implement the Project.
The Langkawi Project incorporates a 5-point plan to achieve its main objectives.
1. Attitudinal Change
- To embark on a mental revolution to make parents more aware of the importance of education.
- To cultivate the reading habit and love for knowledge among the younger generation.
2. To build Resource Centres nationwide
- To build educational resource and counselling centres in rural areas and other identified areas.
- To provide reading materials and other educational tools in each resource centre so that students can be exposed to more forms of knowledge.
3. Promoting Pre-School Education
- Wanita MCA will organise pre-school educational activities in resource centres to give children a head start in their education.
- Wanita MCA will also expand its kindergarten teaching training programme so that each resource centre will have trained personnel to run the activities.
4. Increasing Household Income
- Wanita MCA will mobilize social workers with various skills and experiences to coach rural housewives in cottage industries to supplement their household income.
- MCA will also have marketing links with various supermarket chains to sell goods produced under the Project.
- MCA will set up contact with factories to sub-contract some of their products to the resource centres.
5. Adoption Programme
- TAR College students will be mobilized to interact and stay in the rural areas so that they can act as role models for the students.
- MCA leaders at all levels, including ministers, deputy ministers and divisional leaders will adopt bright needy students to motivate them to strive hard in their studies.
- These adopted students will be occasionally brought to Kuala Lumpur to be exposed to its more competitive environment.
* The MCA Central Committee had unanimously decided to change the name "Langkawi Project" to "Community Education Development" effective from 15 February 2009