MCA to get new leadersPosted: June 29, 2008
The top two posts are now open for grabs. Or so it would seem, with Ong Ka Ting and Chan Kong Choy both announcing that they will not be defending their posts.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 ─ MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and his deputy Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy will not be defending their posts at the forthcoming party elections on Oct 18.
“I have decided not to seek re-election to defend the party president’s post. It is a decision that I have thought about thoroughly after seeking the views of party members for the past three months.
“It is not a hurried decision but one that I have deliberated at great length after much consultations,” Ong said in a statement today.
Ong said it had been his political approach that a leader should not hold on to positions for too long and this decision today was a natural progression to what he had always advocated.
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In the same article the likely candidates to take over the helm of MCA were named as follows:
With this latest development, several party leaders such as vice-president and Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat, party secretary-general and Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Ong Ka Chuan as well as Youth chief and Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai are likely to be the frontrunners to contest the top two posts in October.
There is also the possibility of two former vice-presidents, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and Datuk Chua Jui Meng, joining the fray.
Forgive me for saying this, but somehow I feel like MCA just doesn’t seem to have people of calibre anymore. With the top two positions now open, and MCA almost in shreds, it would take someone very very strong to revive MCA, and lift it out of the dumps. And from the names listed above, I somehow cannot bring myself to believe that they are indeed the people capable of getting MCA off the ground.
Perhaps Chua Soi Lek is the one out of the many with enough experience to do much. But with a tarnished image, the going is going to be tough for him. Plus I don’t think he has strong support from within MCA. Which is very important when it comes to party polls.
MCA is going to get a new leader. That is for sure, with Ong Ka Ting’s announcement. But the real question is, will this new leader lead MCA to become a “new MCA”?