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Saturday November 22, 2008

‘Old and new’ formula for Malacca MCA to regain seats

MALACCA: Young blood in the newly formed Malacca state MCA liaison committee coupled with experienced leadership will be MCA’s formula to recapture its seats lost in the March 8 general election.

Newly appointed state chairman Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said it was the objective of the party to win back the seats, especially the Kota Melaka parliamentary seat.

“For a party, it’s important to win seats. Winning the general election but not the seats is no use. So that will be our ultimate goal here in Malacca,” he told reporters here after announcing the new state MCA line up at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

Kota Melaka was wrested from the DAP in 2004 after the opposition party held it for 35 years.

In the last general election, besides Kota Melaka, the MCA lost the Ayer Keroh and Kesidang state seats to the DAP.

Dr Wee said Datuk Gan Tian Loo, 37, has been appointed his deputy while Datuk Seet Har Cheow, Datuk Koh Nai Kwong, Lai Meng Chong and Koh Chin Han have been appointed vice-chairmen.

Former Kota Melaka MP Wong Nai Chee, 39, is committee secretary.

He said Gan and Wong represented new blood and signified the party’s willingness to allow younger leaders to shoulder greater responsibilities.

Former state MCA chiefs Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn and Datuk Wira Gan Boon Leong were appointed advisers together with Datuk Chin Kon Tow, Datuk Ho Lim Teck and Datuk Tan Cheng Swee.

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