Ka Chuan to discuss post with Ka Ting

  • Nation
  • Monday, 26 May 2003

IPOH: Perak MCA chairman Datuk Ong Ka Chuan will stand by his decision to resign as national organising secretary until he discusses the matter with party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting. 

Ka Chuan said there is a need to discuss the responsibilities of the national organising chairman - which relates to membership matters and formation of new branches - and his holding of the post because he does not want Ka Ting, who is his brother, to be accused of nepotism. 

“I think I will have to talk to the president about my appointment before I make a decision (on whether to accept or not). 

“During the party crisis, there was talk about membership problems, so I think it is high time we make some changes which involve amendments to the party constitution,” he said after chairing the state MCA liaison committee meeting here yesterday. 

Ka Chuan had said on Saturday that he had tendered his resignation to Ka Ting a day earlier and it was up to the president to decide on a new national organising secretary. 

However, on the same day, the president re-appointed the 30 appointees in the central committee, including Ka Chuan as national organising secretary. 

Ka Chuan said he had to talk to Ka Ting in detail about the pros and cons of his holding the post. 

“Of course, I have 13 years of experience (holding the post) but I feel that maybe a new person could give new ideas to ensure that the issues of membership and recruitment could be resolved once and for all. 

FRUITFUL DISCUSSION: (From left) Perak MCA liaison committee vice-chairman Datuk Ho Cheong Sing, Ka Chuan, honorary secretary Datuk Chang Kon You, vice-chairman Datuk Yik Phooi Hong and organising secretary Datuk Ho Cheng Wang at the meeting in Ipoh on Sunday.

“Then, there will be no more accusations of phantom voters,” he added. 

On the outcome of the meeting held yesterday, Ka Chuan said he was happy that there were no more Team A and Team B and only one MCA in Perak.  

He said the meeting was fruitful, as everyone present had pledged their support for the new leadership, adding that 51 of the 60 liaison committee members, including 22 of the 23 division chiefs, were present. 

The state MCA, he added, hoped that Ka Ting and his deputy Datuk Chan Kong Choy would be able to work closely together and help strengthen MCA and the Barisan Nasional in meeting challenges, particularly for the next general election.  

“At the moment, Perak MCA has seven parliamentary and 14 state seats, and after the delineation exercise MCA may contest for more seats. 

“We, therefore, need greater stability and unity within the party. 

“At the same time, we appreciate the efforts of our former president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik and former deputy president Datuk Seri Lim Ah Lek for their sacrifices to make way for the new leadership,” he said. 

Ka Chuan said the Perak MCA thanked Dr Ling in particular for his contributions in Perak, with special reference to the setting up of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in Kampar.  

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