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Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 9:31:50 AM
by foong pek yee
KUALA LUMPUR: It is a fight of two engineers for the deputy MCA president’s post this Saturday.
By training, Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong is a civil engineer while Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai is an electrical engineer.
But their race for the number two slot is serious business. Both men have their own strong points.
Dr Wee may be towering against Lim in terms of built and height, but both men have equal footing in the party to begin with.
Both are vice-presidents; Lim was elected to the position in 2008 while Dr Wee who won the national Youth chief’s post in the same year is a vice-president by virtue of his post.
The fact that they come from big states which have huge number of central delegates will also make a difference.
Lim is from Selangor and Dr Wee from Johor – the top two states in terms of central delegates.
Dr Wee’s battle cry is that the party must change and have the political guts to stand up for things it stands for – fighting for the rights of the community and nation.
The third-term Ayer Hitam MP also called for the need to instil a sense of belonging among members, saying that the level of commitment and loyalty to the party like what seen in the 60s, 70s and 80s had dropped drastically.
Hardworking and pragmatic, he is known to be very active on the ground as a party leader or elected representative.
Dr Wee, who made his mark in championing education issues, especially on tertiary education, is known to be serious in his work.
On the other hand, Lim is banking on his vast experience in the party and government.
“I have the experience,” was his reply in response to this writer’s question on his decision to go for the deputy president’s post.
With over three decades in the party and having served in four ministries – as transport ministry parliamentary secretary, deputy information minister, deputy tourism minister and deputy finance minister – Lim certainly has the experience to help him handle issues by virtue of his work exposure and experience.
The former PJ Selatan MP has good public relation skills and a friendly demeanour.
He started the race alone and he has openly teamed up with presidential candidate Gan Ping Sieu since two days ago.
Dr Wee, meanwhile, is the running mate of deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who is gunning for the president’s post.
For Lim, this is his second bid for the party’s number two slot, while it is the first attempt by Dr Wee.
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