Monday, March 22, 2010

MCA’s No. 2 hopefuls aim to restore party’s image

Going separate ways … Ka Ting (left) and Tee Keat walk off the stage after the nominations.— Picture by Choo Choy May

The two candidates for the MCA deputy president’s seat believe that the party’s election this Sunday is essential to restore its credibility.

Datuk Seri Liong Tiong Lai said the party election is the best solution to resolve the current crisis affecting MCA.

“My hope is that the MCA election will run smoothly and the delegates will be able to decide on a strong party leadership. We are confident that we will be able to resolve the current crisis and that is the objective of having this election.

“I believe that the election process is the best way to get MCA out of its current crisis. We hope MCA will return to being strong after this election,” he said.

The health minister has been pushing the party to hold fresh elections since 2009 but only succeeded after party deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s supporters joined his men in resigning from the central committee early this month.

Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha agreed with Liow and hoped that the party will be more united after the election.

“The purpose of this election is to resolve the problem in the party that has prolonged for more than a year. So of course I would like to see that after this fresh election, the party will be more united and will move forward in the right direction. And, of course, to face the upcoming general election.

“I won’t say I have a manifesto but I have some directions which is my mission about the future of the party and the role that I am able to play,” the housing and local government minister said.

The party crisis started last August when Dr Chua was sacked from the MCA for tarnishing the party’s image, but he was subsequently let off and reinstated by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

Two extraordinary general meetings had been planned to resolve the crisis which saw party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat narrowly defeated in a vote of no confidence but did not resign.

A second EGM planned by Liow’s faction to push for party election last November was aborted at the last minute.

The party election on March 28 will see Tee Keat being challenged by former MCA president Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting and Dr Chua.

Kong felt both he and Liow have an equal chance of winning the deputy presidency.

“I would say that any candidate has an equal chance. The decision will be made by the central delegates,” he said.

Kong refused to confirm if he was in Dr Chua’s camp but stressed that he was willing to work with anybody because he is a team player.

“I can work with all the people in the party... Actually, to me, those leaders who are elected will have to work together as a team because the team is elected by the central delegates and will have to respect the decision of the central delegates... the team selected has to abide by the wishes of the delegates.

“So as a team, I think all party members should work together with the elected leadership because the leadership is elected by the delegates,” he said.

courtesy of Malaysian Insider

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