Brief Info On MCA Youth
The MCA Youth is analogized as the vanguard of MCA, its compositions, functions, and powers shall be based on standing rules, orders, rules and regulations and bye-laws formulated from time to time by the Central Committee acting under Articles 162 and 163 of the Party Constitution.
At earlier stages, MCA Youth Sections were merely individual units affiliated to the respective MCA parent organizations. In 1958, it was formally named as the MCA Youth Section endowed with a comprehensive organizing system by itself. According to Article 5.1 of the prevalent MCA Youth Section Bye-laws, all MCA male members under the age of 45 years shall automatically become Youth Section members. As such, as at Aug 2006, there are 281,669 Youth Section members in 181 Divisions (3,297 Branches) nationwide.
The major task of the MCA Youth Section in the 60s was to strengthen the organization of the Youth Section by attracting more youths to join MCA.
In the 70s, the MCA Youth Section began to protrude its role of being a vanguard for the MCA parent organization, retorting all actions or unreasonable and unjust policies that might jeopardize the rights of the Chinese community. Acting as a pressure group, the MCA Youth Section is also establishing its “Dare to Speak and Act” image.
In the 80s, it continued to strengthen the role of MCA’s vanguard. And in the 90s, as the nation was adopting open policies, and racial politics was diminishing, the MCA Youth Section adopted a policy of moderation and reconciliation, coordinating closely with Youth Sections of Chinese Guilds and Associations, as well as the universities and colleges. In this friendly relation, they forge ahead together to help solve problems encountering the nation, the community and the society.
The incumbent National Chairman of MCA Youth, YB Datuk Dr. Wee Ka Siong is the Deputy Minister of Education Malaysia. Before elected to the post of National Youth Chairman in the 2008 MCA Party Elections, Datuk Wee has held several key posts in the Youth movement. He was the National Youth Secretary-General between 2005 – 2008.