Time to unite the MCA again


  • Nation
  • Monday, 26 May 2003

Compiled by LEE YUK PENG, JANE RITIKOS and S. ARULLDAS

THE three-year feud between Team A and Team B in MCA is “technically over” and the most challenging task now will be mending ties within the party, said deputy president Datuk Chan Kong Choy. 

Sin Chew Daily reported Chan as saying that it would be an uphill task to resolve the disputes between the teams. 

He also admitted that the problem could not be solved overnight. 

“We need time to unite the party again as the fight between Team A and Team B has had great impact among the leaders and members,” he said. 

Chan also said he would work closely with MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting to unite the party as soon as possible to ensure that it would play a crucial role in securing seats for Barisan Nasional in the coming general election. 

“I know the ‘Philosophy of No. 2’ in Chinese culture very well. I know my position and the role to play in MCA,” he added. 

In an interview with Nanyang Siang Pau, Chan said another urgent task was to solve the disputes in MCA Youth.  

According to the daily, there was a perception that the wing had not been participating in the process of leadership change within the party as its chief Datuk Ong Tee Keat had abstained from voting at the central committee meeting on whether to accept Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik’s resignation and was also absent when Ka Ting and Chan were elected. 

Chan admitted that he was concerned with the development in the wing as he had close ties with it, having been a Youth chief for nine years. 

On a different note, he said he was grateful to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad for teaching him “to put aside personal feelings.” 

Chan said that being Deputy Finance Minister meant he had the opportunity to work with Dr Mahathir, who is also the Finance Minister. 

“Dr Mahathir taught me to put aside personal feelings when handling party affairs as well as ministerial work,” he said. 

Chan also spoke of returning to his hometown in Bentong, Pahang, over the weekend to visit his mother and check on the durian trees he had planted five years ago, noting that he had not seen his 74-year-old wheelchair-bound mother for over a month. 

“I spend very little time with my family and have to rely on the phone to communicate with them daily,” he said.  

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