Datuk Lee Chee Leong
At the Annual General Body Meeting of the Malaysian Chinese Association held on 10th October 2010, said that a total of 20,111 people who had earlier applied for citizenship were successful.
Speaking at the 57th Annual General Assembly of the Malaysian Chinese Association, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong added that this represented around 61% of the 32,927 applicants who had applied since 2006 or even earlier.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong said, “Going by these numbers the chances of a candidate being successful in his search for citizenship is very good.”
Claiming that applications are now processed at a much faster pace, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong said that in the two years from 2007 to 2009, applications were received from 29,677 people and by the beginning of October this year, 25,135 applications were processed by the Home Ministry.
In the next two months of November and December, 2010, another 4,542 applicants would be informed about the status of their applications.
A total of 8,826 applicants had submitted their applicants up to September this year. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong said that the processing of these applications would not begin until January of next year.
Advice to the party: Najib speaking at the annual general meeting at San Choon Hall in Kuala Lumpur Sunday.
Opening the AGM of the MCA, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that the Chinese were loyal citizens of Malaysia and should not be referred to as immigrants.
He added, “Yes, three, four or five generations ago they were immigrants, but not now.”
He asked the Chinese, Indian and Malay population to work together with other communities to build a fair society.
He further added that Malaysia had grown as a multi-cultural country because of the willingness of all races to cooperate with each other in a spirit of give and take.
Najib said that the development of the economy and distribution of wealth should be done fairly.
Asking whether the MCA would agree with him he said, “If the majority in the country has a very small percentage of the wealth that is not equitable.”
Aiming for a growth rate of 6% during the next ten years, Najib said that people should look at things from a Malaysian context.
Urging all communities to work together to implement policies contained in 1Malaysia, Government Transformation Programme, the Economic Transformation Programme and the 10th Malaysia Plan, he said, “We must be realistic, not emotional or racist.”
Najib reminded the people that the aim of the 1Malaysia concept was to build a fair society. This could not be done by former prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad even after 22 years.
Allergic: Ong showing her skin condition which developed after her incarceration during the press conference at Chong’s office yesterday.
When 28 year old Ong Siew Peng, returned to collect her salary from her former employer, she was due for a shock.
Policemen were waiting in the office of her manager who accused her of stealing RM 400,000 and two Rolex watches.
She was taken to Kepong police station and from there transferred to the Bukit Jalil police lock up.
Ong Siew Peng developed rashes all over her body but was refused medical attention.
Ong said that her troubles began in June when she started working with the company and found it difficult to get along with her boss. At the office of MCA Complaints Department head Datuk Michael Chong she said, “He always found fault with my work.”
Unable to take it any longer, Ong resigned on August 25th and went to her hometown of Sitiawan, Perak.
When she returned on September 13th to collect her salary she had to face the police.
She explained, “It would not be sensible for me to return to collect RM 1,400 if I had stolen money and watches worth nearly half a million Ringgit.”
Ong who is pregnant, was later released on bail and was yet to receive her salary.
Chong said that he would take up Ong’s case with the concerned authorities and take legal action if necessary.