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Sunday September 22, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by foong pek yee
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA leaders may be tight lipped over their plans for the central elections this December, but they have gone all out to ensure they have a ticket to qualify for the fight.
Former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, in fact, got in after winning a central delegate’s seat uncontested at the Kubang Pasu division elections during nomination on Monday.
Speculation is that he will try his luck again for the president’s post after losing it to incumbent Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek (pic) in a three-cornered fight in 2010.
Former party president Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, who also lost to Dr Chua, did not contest for a central delegate’s post.
At the division elections today, many central leaders are either contesting the division chief or central delegate’s post to make sure they get the all clear to participate in the upcoming central elections.
Topping the list is Dr Chua, who is vying for a central delegate’s post at the Batu Pahat division elections.
Vice-president Gan Ping Sieu is defending his Kluang division chief’s post while central committee member Datuk Chua Tee Yong is locking horns with Lim Cham Kok to be the Labis MCA division chief.
MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha and national organising secretary Datuk Tan Chin Meng, the respective division chiefs for Lumut and Ipoh Barat divisions, are defending their positions.
Central committee member Datuk Lee Chee Leong is also defending his Kampar MCA chief’s post.
Vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, meanwhile, got a central delegate’s seat in Rasah uncontested on Monday.
Former Wanita MCA national chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, who is attempting a comeback, is contesting for a central delegate’s post in Wangsa Maju division.
She is speculated to go for a vice-president’s post this December.
Both Tee Keat and Chew have their base in Selangor and it is not known why they chose to secure a central delegate’s seat from outside the state.
The same goes to Dr Ng, whose base is in Pahang.
Kubang Pasu is in Kedah, Wangsa Maju is in Federal Territory and Rasah in Negri Sembilan.
There are 191 MCA divisions nationwide. A total of 57 or 30% of the divisions are having a contest for the division chief’s post.
Johor tops the list with 11 of its 26 divisions or 42% having a fight for the chief’s post, followed by Perak where 10 out of its 24 divisions, also 42%, are seeing a tussle for the top post.
In terms of percentage, Negri Sembilan is the highest – with 75% or six out of its eight divisions having a fight for the top post.
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