KUALA LUMPUR:The two vacancies for the MCA vice-president's posts are expected to be discussed at the party central committee meeting chaired by president Datuk SeriOng Ka Ting on June 13.
Ong and Datuk Chan Kong Choy,who were elected as president and deputy presidentrespectively by the central committee on May 23,were vice-presidents prior to theirpromotions.
They replaced Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik and Datuk Seri Lim Ah Lek who stepped downas president and deputy president respectively.
The party constitution empowers the central committee to elect any of its electedcentral committee members to fill the vacancies.
Sources said Johor MCA chairman and senior state executive councillor Datuk Dr ChuaSoi Lek is leading the race to fillone of the two slots.
Johor,with 20 divisions and over 480 central delegates,has the largest representation inthe party and this certainly is a boost for Dr Chua.
Another argument is that one of the two vacancies should be given to Johor since Ong,who is Pontian MP,is also considered a Johor leader.
Pahang is also bargaining for a vice-president ’s post since Chan is Pahang MCA chairman.
Mentakab MP Datuk Fu Ah Kiow is said to be the likely candidate under the “promotionpackage ” to resolve the party ’s power struggle.
Sources said Ong is scheduled to meet top party leaders here on Tuesday to discuss thefeedback on various issues following the recent change in the top leadership.
The meeting,said one source, is likely to discuss whether or not the two vacancies should be filled,and the pros and cons ofleaving them vacant.
“Leaving them vacant will invite continuous lobbying and this does not augur well forparty unity,” said one source.
Others eyeing the vice-president ’s post include Federal Territory MCA chairman DatukTan Chai Ho and Selangor MCA deputy chairman Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai.
Meanwhile,MCA Wanita chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said the wing's members faced no problems in closing ranks as the party ’s internal struggle ended with the implementation of the peace plan.
Dr Ng said the wing's central committee meeting yesterday, the first to be held after the change of guard in the party,showed positive response towards the way forward.
“We had a very lively and frank discussion today.All the state representatives took their turns to voice out (their opinions)and there was no negative feelings brought up during the three-hour meeting,” she said.