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by loh foon fong AND neville spykerman
Reaching out: Gan (left) meeting supporters at the launch of the manifesto at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA presidential candidate Gan Ping Sieu has urged party members to elect a president who is capable of getting the party out of its difficulties and face the next general election with confidence.
The MCA vice-president appealed to members to choose a leader who could take the challenges of the Opposition openly.
“It is not just about electing a president but a competent leader who can bring MCA out of its current predicament and face the next general election,” he said in a press conference after unveiling his manifesto yesterday.
Gan said the party had been seen as one that did social services and had neglected engaging with civil society and professionals.
While social services were important, it was more important to articulate its stand on social and national issues and have a say in government decision-making process and policy implementation, he said.
“MCA must re-define and re-articulate its politics based on its core values, only then it can move to a new frontier, or else, it will bungkus (“close shop”) in four years.”
Gan said MCA had fared poorly in the last two general elections and he wanted to navigate the party forward.
Calling himself the GPS for the party, he said members needed to go back to Article 6 of the MCA Constitution – the party’s aim and objectives and adopt the 16 core values drawn up by the party’s founding fathers, which were still relevant.
Gan will face former president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in a three-cornered fight for the top post in party elections on Dec 21.
At the event, Gan openly invited MCA vice-president Datuk Donald Lim who would be contesting for the MCA deputy president’s post to be in his team.
Asked who else would be in his team, Gan said he would announce the line-up on Nomination Day tomorrow.
Lim said that he accepted Gan’s offer to be in his team as he was less factional and had the experience.
At another press conference, Ong said he was no lone ranger despite contesting without a running mate.
Ong, who is making a second bid to helm MCA, said should he win on Dec 21, he is prepared to work with all those elected with him.
“I can work with any deputy and vice-presidents elected by the delegates,” said Ong after unveiling his manifesto here yesterday.
He said the party election system was not based on the US presidential system which required presidential candidates to have running mates.
Such a practice (of having running mates) would contribute to factionalism in the party, he said.
He said based on the outcome of previous party polls, disgruntled running mates who did not win usually blamed those who did.
Ong disclosed his manifesto, describing it as his blueprint for the party.
This includes restoring public confidence in MCA, affirming the party’s commitment to achieving economic parity and a commitment to upholding the principle of meritocracy.
Ong also appeared confident at his chances and said he had been receiving broad support from within and outside the party.
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