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Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday December 17, 2013 MYT 11:32:19 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: The carnival-like mood at the MCA nominations did not reflect the intense fight for a slot at the party’s national line-up this Saturday.
A total of 72 candidates are going for the 31 posts being contested.
Their supporters, who arrived an hour before nomination started at 1pm yesterday, came with all sorts of gadgets ranging from huge banners to fancy hats to get attention.
The crowd swelled to almost 500 at the San Choon Hall when candidates started to file their nominations.
Deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai was among the early birds when he filed the nomination at about 1.30pm, together with his running mate Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong who is gunning for the deputy president’s post.
Their supporters greeted them with loud cheers as the two arrived at Wisma MCA from a nearby restaurant after having lunch there.
Supporters of another presidential candidate, incumbent vice-president Gan Ping Sieu, decided not to be outdone.
They held hand clappers printed with the initials “GPS”.
They led Gan to the nomination venue, cheering and handing out brochures to people around them.
Many supporters of other candidates also lined up the stairs leading to San Choon Hall on the second floor in a bid to get the attention of anybody, even the media.
It was also the first time that many supporters chose to dress in red T-shirts, instead of white, blue and yellow which are the party’s colours. They probably did so because the colour red is more eye- catching or the Chinese believe that red brings good luck.
They held placards and banners for their candidates and shook hands with anyone who walked past them.
It did not matter if you are not one of the 2,385 central delegates who are the ones to decide on the party’s national line-up on Saturday.
For the Wanita, the election is set to be a tame affair with only 43 candidates going for the 31 posts.
Negri Sembilan MCA chief Datuk Lee Pit Chern won the deputy Wanita chief’s post uncontested when there was no other contender after nomination closed.
All eyes will be on the tussle for the Wanita chief’s post between two outspoken women – Perak Wanita chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie and former Penang Wanita chief Tan Cheng Liang – this Friday.
The two women brought along many supporters to drum up support when they filed their nomination. They were also busy posing for photographs.
The race for the Youth national lineup is also crowded with 69 candidates filing nomination for 34 posts.
The Youth wing also saw women contesting alongside the men for the first time this round after the wing amended its constitution to accept female members.
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