BN leaders react to Ling’s move

  • Nation
  • Friday, 23 May 2003

BARISAN Nasional leaders' reaction to the resignation of Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik as MCA president: 

MCA vice-president Datuk Chua Jui Meng  

“I am not aware of that (the resignation) and I do not want to speculate on what he has to do. I am not sure (of latest developments).”  

MCA central committee member Datuk Hon Choon Kim 

“We will ask him to reconsider. He has contributed greatly to the party and to Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) and we want him to lead us into the next general election.” 

MCA Youth chief Datuk Ong Tee Keat  

“Any changes in the party leadership are normal as no one is indispensable as what is more important is political harmony.”  

Perak MCA chairman Datuk Ong Ka Chuan  

“There are many people who felt that Dr Ling should stay to see the construction of Utar. What I know is that emotions on the ground are quite strong. A lot of people have expressed their wishes that he stays.” 

MCA central committee member Datuk Dr Yeow Chai Thiam 

“For the good things that he had done for the people, MCA and the nation, it is a good example for us to follow. For those mistakes he made, it should be a warning to young politicians.” 

Sabah MCA chief Datuk Edward Khoo 

“He has contributed a lot to the party in the field of education, particularly in developing TAR College to what it is today and he started the ball rolling on Utar. His departure is a great loss to the party.” 

Gerakan president Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik 

“Although this is an internal MCA affair, it does affect the Barisan. As a component party of Barisan, we have been worried all along.  

“If that is the formula they arrived at with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, it is time to institute it now and members should stay calm to rebuild confidence and get ready for Barisan.” 

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president Datuk Tham Nyip Shen, who is also Sabah Deputy Chief Minister 

“It is a loss to BN and to the nation. He is still young. With his experience, we hope he will continue to play a meaningful role in whatever capacity.” 

MIC deputy president Datuk S. Subramaniam  

“As component party leaders, we have a close and cordial relationship for over two decades and his decision to resign is obviously a sacrifice he was making to resolve the factional problems in the party for a united and stronger MCA. Leaders at all levels should understand this and respect his decision.” 

PPP president Datuk M. Kayveas  

“It reflects the selfless sacrifice he is making to bring stability and unity to MCA and Barisan.”  

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