STAR METRO Thursday January 5,
MCA bonds with constituents
IT WAS a small gathering, but
still noisy and laughter-filled, for the members
of the Kelana Jaya MCA division in Subang Jaya
The division’s members had
gathered for a triple celebration of the winter
solstice, Christmas and the New Year.
Division chairman Ong Chong Swen
said the gathering was a yearly do started four
years ago in 2008, although it was a very small
gathering with only four tables.
Sweet treat: Ong serving tang
yuen to guests.
By comparison, the dinner on Dec
27 saw over 100 attending from within the
division as well as invited guests and
It was also a continuation of the
division’s efforts to forge closer ties with the
communities and residents of the Kelana Jaya
Ong, who is also the Barisan
Nasional (BN) parliamentary coordinator for
Kelana Jaya constituency, had organised a
similar luncheon for the leaders of churches and
Christian fellowships based in the constituency
as a “get-to-know you” gesture.
“I hope that our close
relationships will continue in the new year. To
my Malay and Indian friends who are attending
this dinner, this is also a thank you for your
“You have supported the division
throughout the year, helping to arrange
activities and our division’s other efforts,”
At the same time, other Kelana
Jaya division leaders such as deputy chairman
Lim Kok Sai and Youth chairman Lim You Hin took
the opportunity to wish the guests good tidings
as well as giving their own reflections on 2011.
“The year 2012 will be full of
excitement, anticipation and anxiety. We will
have to sweat to work towards something good for
“Everyone who went through the
thick and thin will know this — that we are
earnest and sincere in what we do,” said Ong.
The night wasn’t all just
speeches and seriousness, as there were also
lucky draws to enliven the evening while guests
posed together for group photos.
And in the spirit of the winter
solstice, there was a competition held among
randomly selected guests to see who could make
the best tang yuan, much to the amusement