General Guidelines For Candidates Of MCA Public Office

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Part 1: General Guidelines for Ministers, State Executive Councillors, Candidates of Parliament, State Assembly And Senators

This Guideline was formulated by the Presidential Council on October 4, 2005, was endorsed by the Central Committee on October 31, 2005 and amended by the Central Committee on January 23, 2007 and March 25, 2009

  1. Minister

    1. A Party member recommended and appointed as Minister immediately after the Parliamentary Election shall not hold office for more than two (2) terms of the Parliament. However, if a new Minister is appointed at any time during the continuity of the Parliament, as a result of a Cabinet reshuffle, the Minister shall not hold office for more than ten (10) years from the date of appointment. These limitations shall not be applicable to the Party President.
    2. These limitations shall not be applicable to the Party President as the term of the President is already limited to nine (9) years under the Party Constitution.
  2. State Executive Councillor

    1. State Executive Councillor who has discharged his or her duties outstandingly may hold office longer than one (1) term of the State Assembly. However, in any event, he or she shall not hold such office for more than three (3) terms. This limitation shall not be applicable to the State Chairman.
    2. Clause 2.1 shall not be applicable to Perlis and Sabah.
    3. For Perlis, the State Executive Councillor shall not hold office for more than one (1) term of the State Assembly and upon expiration thereof, another State Assemblyman shall be recommended to take over such office.
    4. For Sabah, the Central Committee shall take into consideration recommendation made by State Liaison Committee when recommending Party member to hold the office of the State Minister or Assistant Minister.
  3. Senator

    1. A Party member who is recommended as Senator shall not hold office for more than one (1) term of three (3) years. However, the term of the Senator may be extended for one (1) more term in any one of the following situations.The selection of candidates for the post of a Senator shall be based on meritocracy.
      1. When he/she is recommended for the appointment of President or Deputy President of the Senate.
      2. When he/she is holding the office of Minister, Deputy Minister or Parliamentary Secretary.
      3. When he/she is appointed as State Chairman.
    2. The Party is not obligated, among others, to appoint Senators based on the following:
    3. Candidates who have just contested in the Parliamentary or State Elections but lost; or
    4. Former Member of Parliament or State Assemblyman, with an aggregate two (2) terms in office, who is not or will not be:
    5. recommended for the appointment of President or Deputy President of the Senate;
      • Holding the office of Minister, Deputy Minister or Parliamentary
      • Secretary; or
      • appointed as State Chairman.
  4. Minimum Criterion for Candidates for Members of Parliament, State Assemblymen and Senators

    1. Must possess upper secondary qualification and above.
    2. Proficient in languages and able to speak in the Malay language effectively to enable active participation in meetings, communicate and carry out duties accordingly.
    3. Must have satisfactorily completed relevant training courses conducted by the Party.
    4. Must be active in the Party affairs and/or at the local community level with a set of good service records.
    5. Must serve the public faithfully and must attend meetings dutifully without being constraint by any personal commitment.
  5. Basic Duties of a Public Officer

    1. MCA Party members in public office are expected to carry out the basic duties and responsibilities of the said post diligently which includes:
    2. Attending important meetings at the Federal or State government levels, and with relevant preparations for the meetings as required. Members of Parliament, State Assemblymen and Senators shall attend all sessions of the Parliament, State Assembly and Senate, as the case maybe, and with the relevant preparations for the meetings as required.
    3. Monitoring closely all relevant laws, rules and regulations that are being passed, and to scrutinize the implementation of these laws in order to minimise any possible abuse or unwanted bureaucracy.
    4. Attending important Party meetings, briefings and assembly.
    5. Helping to promote Party affairs to the best of their ability.
    6. Being accountable for all his/her duties and works, and Member of Parliament, State Assemblyman and Senator shall make them known at the Divisional meetings respectively.
    7. Realizing the goal of a healthy political culture for the Party to the best of his/her endeavour.
  6. General Provisions

    1. Any Party member who intends to resign his or her public office shall submit a letter to the Party President, clearly stating the reasons.
    2. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in these Guidelines, the Central Committee may at any time instruct that Party member holding public office who has failed to discharge his or her duties satisfactory, committed disgraceful act, contravened Party disciplinary rules or guilty of serious crime to resign.
    3. There would be exceptional situations where Party interests take precedent. In which case, the Central Committee/Presidential Council may make the necessary adjustment or amendment to these Guidelines, or authorize the President to do so.
    4. These Guidelines shall take effect on 4 October 2005, however, the limitation of terms shall commence from the date he/she took office.

Part 2: General Guidelines For Candidates of MCA Public Offices – City, Municipal and District Councillor

This Guideline was formulated by the Central Committee on October 31, 2005, and amended by the Central Committee on January 23, 2007, March 25, 2009 & May 25, 2009

  1. District Councillors

    1. As a general rule, the appointment of District Councillor shall not exceed ten (10) years. (In view of different rules and policies adopted by State Governments, details of the limitation of terms of office of the District Councillor shall be determined by the respective MCA State Liaison Committee.)
    2. Member of Parliament, State Assemblyman and Senator shall refrain from holding the office of District Councillor, concurrently.
  2. City, Municipal Councillors

    1. A party member recommended and appointed as City, Municipal Councillor shall not hold office for more than eight (8) years. (In view of different rules and policies adopted by State Governments, details of the limitation of terms of office of the Municipal Councillor shall be determined by the respective MCA State Liaison Committee.)
    2. Member of Parliament, State Assemblyman and Senator shall refrain from holding the office of Municipal Councillor, concurrently.
  3. The Minimum Criterion for Candidates nominated for the post of City, Municipal and District Councillors

    1. The candidate must be domicil or work or active in the relevant jurisdiction of the City, Municipal and District Council.
    2. The candidate must be a life member of the Party, and has been a member for more than three (3) years.
    3. The candidate must be able to speak in the Malay language effectively to enable active participation in meetings, communicate and carry out duties accordingly.
    4. The candidate must have satisfactorily completed the relevant training courses conducted by the Party.
    5. The candidate must be active in Party affairs and/or at the local community level, with a set of good service records.
    6. Must serve the public faithfully and attend all meetings of City, Municipal or District Council dutifully without being constraint by personal commitment.
    7. Secretaries of Minister, Deputy Minister and Parliamentary Secretary, New Village Development Officer, Information Field Officer and Chairman of JKKK (Village Development and Security Committee) shall not hold the office of City, Municipal and District Councillor concurrently.
  4. The Selection Criterion for City, Municipal and District Councillors

    1. The State Liaison Committee shall establish a selection committee to carry out the task of interviewing all potential candidates for the posts of MCA City, Minicipal and District Councillor.
    2. In view of different requirements placed by the State Governments, the respective MCA State Liaison Committee shall determine all matters relating to the following;
    3. The nomination of members for the selection committee.
    4. The criterion for the selection of candidates.
    5. The manner in which written test and interviews are conducted for each candidate. The MCA Headquarters will standardize the coverage area of the test to be used by the State Liaison Committee.
  5. The Basic Duties of a Public Officer

    1. MCA Party members in public office are expected to carry out the basic duties and responsibilities of the said post diligently which includes:
    2. Attending important meetings at the City, Municipal and District levels, with relevant preparations for the meetings as required.
    3. Monitoring all relevant laws, rules and regulations that are being passed, and to scrutinize the implementation of these laws in order to minimise any possible abuse or unwanted bureaucracy.
    4. Providing good service to the people in his/her Division in all matters relating to the local government, and for that purpose, to work closely with the relevant Members of Parliament and State Assemblymen at all times.
    5. Attending important party meetings, briefings and assemblies and helping to promote Party affairs to the best of their ability.
    6. Being accountable for all his/her duties and works, and to make them known at the Divisional meetings.
    7. Realizing the goal of a healthy political culture for the party to the best of his/her endeavour.
  6. General Provisions

    1. Any Party member who intends to resign his or her public office shall submit a letter to the Division Chairman, stating clearly the reasons. A carbon copy of the letter must also be submitted to the State Liaison Committee at the same time.
    2. The Central Committee may instruct any member holding public office to resign if he/she fails to discharge his/her duties satisfactorily, commits disgraceful acts, contravenes Party disciplinary rules or, is found guilty of a serious crime.
    3. There would be exceptional situations where the Party’s interests take precedence. In which case, the Central Committee/Presidential Council may make the necessary adjustment or amendment to the Guidelines, or authorize the President to do so.
    4. These Guidelines shall take effect on October 31, 2005, however, the limitation of terms shall commence from the date he/she took office.

Appendix ‘A’

The Coverage Area of The Test And The Selection Criterion For The City, Municipal And District Councillors

  1. Written Test (Chinese/Bahasa Malaysia/English)

    • To test the candidates on the levels knowledge of the Party (inclusive of Central, State and Local levels
    • To test the candidates on their knowledge on the current issues.
  2. Written Test (Bahasa Malaysia)Interview-Method of Assessment

    • To test the candidates’ Malay language proficiency by assessing written correspondence in attending to the public complaints

A

Level of Proficiency in Bahasa Malaysia

25%

B

Leadership Quality

20%

C

Knowledge of the Party/ Level of Party Conscious

20%

D

Knowledge of the Public Post Applied

10%

E

Public Relation Skills (Various level within Party and NGOs)

20%

F

Level of Performance during the General Election Campaign

5%

 

Total

100%

Part 3: General Guidelines For Candidates Of MCA Public Offices – Constituency Coordinating Officers

This Guideline was formulated and endorsed by the Central Committee on March 25, 2009

  1. Constituency Coordinating Officers

    1. The main task of the Constituency Coordinating Officers is to perform the work of the elected representatives. They are not only to carry out their duties as stated in their letters of appointment, in addition, they must also help to execute the party affairs in preparation for the next General Election so that the Party may be able to win back those constituencies held by the opposition.
    2. The Constituency Coordinating Officers may not necessarily be selected as candidates in the upcoming General Election.
    3. The Constituency Coordinating Officers shall not hold any public office which includes Secretaries of the Minister, Deputy Minister and Parliamentary Secretary, New Village Development Officer, Information Field Officer, Chairman of JKKK (Village Development and Security Committee), City Municipal and District Councillor
  2. The Minimum Criterion for Candidates nominated for the post of Constituency Coordinating Officers

    1. The candidate must be domicile or work or active in the relevant Constituency.
    2. The candidate must be a life member of the Party, and has been a member for more than three (3) years.
    3. The candidate must be able to speak the Malay language effectively to enable active participation in meetings, communicate and carry out duties accordingly. The education level of the candidate must have completed upper secondary school at minimum.
    4. The candidate must have satisfactorily completed the relevant training courses conducted by the Party.
    5. The candidate must be active in Party affairs and/or at the local community level, with a set of good service records.
    6. The candidate must be committed to serving the public faithfully and attend all meetings dutifully without being constrained by personal commitment.
  3. The Selection Criterion for Constituency Coordinating Officers

    1. The State Liaison Committee shall establish a selection committee to carry out the task of interviewing all potential candidates for the posts of Constituency Coordinating Officer.
    2. In view of different requirements placed by the respective State Governments, the respective MCA State Liaison Committee shall determine all matters relating to the following:
    3. The nomination of members for the selection committee.
    4. The criterion for the selection of candidates.
    5. The manner in which written test and oral interviews are conducted for each candidate. The MCA Headquarters will standardize the coverage area of the test to be used by the State Liaison Committee as a reference.
  4. The Basic Duties of a Constituency Coordinating Officer

    1. MCA Party members in public office are expected to carry out the basic duties and responsibilities of the said post diligently which includes:
    2. To help monitor and distribute the allocation to the constituency concerned so as to ensure that all projects implemented will benefit the people.
    3. Attending all important meetings with relevant preparations for the meetings as required.
    4. Monitoring all relevant laws, rules and regulations that are being passed, and to scrutinize the implementation of these laws in order to minimise any possible abuse or unwanted bureaucracy.
    5. They should work together with the Division by helping to solve the problems of the people. They should also present their working report at the Divisional meeting.
    6. Attending important party meetings, briefings and assemblies and helping to promote Party affairs to the best of their ability.
    7. Realizing the goal of a healthy political culture for the party to the best of his/her endeavour.
  5. General Provisions

    1. Any Party member who intends to resign his or her public office shall submit a letter to the Division Chairman, stating clearly the reasons. A carbon copy of the letter must also be submitted to the State Liaison Committee and MCA Headquarters at the same time.

    2. The Party may instruct any member holding public office to resign if he/she fails to discharge his/her duties satisfactorily, commits disgraceful acts, contravenes Party disciplinary rules or, is found guilty of a serious crime.

    3. There would be exceptional situations where the Party’s interests take precedence. In which case, the Central Committee/Presidential Council may make the necessary adjustment or amendment to the Guidelines.