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by foong pek yee
Overjoyed: Supporters celebrating after hearing the results of the election.
KUALA LUMPUR: A journalist was busy tabulating the names of the winners and losers in the MCA Youth elections.
She was figuring out who they are aligned to — President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek or deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
According to her, the election results can indicate, to a certain extent, the voting trend on the party’s national leadership tomorrow.
Liow, who is vying for the president post, and his running mate Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is contesting the deputy president post, are former Youth chiefs and they can bank on support from the wing.
Having many winners in the elections who are aligned to them will certainly boost their confidence.
Newly elected Youth chief Chong Sin Woon is openly aligned to Dr Wee while the new deputy Youth chief Chris Lee Ching Yong is aligned to Dr Chua.
Chong beat businessman Datuk Goh Gaik Meng, 40, by 93 votes.
According to party observers, Goh, who is Batu Youth division chief, is aligned to Dr Chua.
Lee, who is a lawyer by training and Bakri MCA division deputy chief, toppled his opponent Ting Tai Fook by a 194 vote majority.
Lee, who is aligned to Dr Chua, polled 844 votes.
Two of the four new vice-chairmen, Nicole Wong Siaw Ting and Tan Kok Eng, are also Dr Chua’s supporters. Kok Eng is the son of MCA treasurer-general Datuk Seri Tan Chai Ho.
More than half of the 25 central committee members are said to be in Chong’s camp.
The central delegates who are from the Youth may be less than 10% of the 2,380 central delegates voting tomorrow.
However, this does not stop party observers from using the election results to speculate on the outcome of tomorrow’s elections.
The same goes for the Wanita elections today, where more than 300 of the central delegates tomorrow are from Wanita.
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