MCA GENERAL ASSEMBLY: New Deputy To ‘Reinvent Party Image’

19 Oct

Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek celebrating his winning the deputy president’s post with his son, Tee Yong.

KUALA LUMPUR: Newly elected deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has promised to work closely with party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

“I will work together with the president, Ong Tee Keat, and the new central committee.

“Together, we will reinvent a new image for MCA that will fulfil the expectation and aspiration of the Chinese community,” said the jubilant Dr Chua after the results were announced.

Dr Chua also said he always had confidence in the wisdom and maturity of the delegates who voted for him, saying they knew how to separate his public and private life.

The former health minister and party vice-president resigned from his posts in January after he was embroiled in a sex scandal.
Former party secretary-general and Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan said he accepted the results made by the delegates and stated that a cabinet post did not promise anything within MCA.

“I do not think this is a political tsunami as there is an age balance between the young and old in the delegates and those elected.

“As for my role within the party, I will let the newly elected party leaders decide,” Ong said.

Chua received 1,115 votes against Ong’s 1,001 votes.

MCA vice-president and former deputy tourism minister Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai and Tanjung deputy chairman Lee Hack Teik obtained 209 and 10 votes, respectively. — Bernama

New Straits Times

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