Tuesday, March 23, 2010

MCA delegates want presidential candidates’ debate

The three candidates vying for the president’s post in the coming MCA party election have been urged to have a live debate on national television on the party’s issues.

Incumbent Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, former deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and former president Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting should debate issues pertaining to the party in the days leading up to the March 28 election.

MCA veteran Low Teh Hian, who represented 18 delegates from the MCA Pulai division, said the trio must each explain how to tackle the party’s issues and problems.

“The debate should be in Mandarin and English,” he told pressmen here today.

Low said the delegates expressed full support to Dr Chua for the presidency, as they believed in his leadership.

“He has the ability to stabilise and unite the party under one banner,” he said.

He also criticised Ka Ting for contesting the president’s post after he had stepped down two years ago, in taking full responsibility for the party’s dismal performance during the last general election.

While everyone respected Ka Ting’s decision then, Low said that as Kulai MP, the former party president could not even settle problems in his own constituency.

“How do we expect him to lead the party when he cannot even handle his own constituency?,” he asked.

Among those present were Wanita division chief Wong You Fong, treasurer Tim Yok See and vice-chiefs Yoke Meng Ma and Chua Leong Bee. — Bernama

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