Bury hatchet for party's sake, urges Ong


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 08 Jun 2003

BY NICK LEONG

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said it is time for MCA leaders to bury the hatchet and work towards strengthening the party in preparation for the next general election. 

The MCA president said party leaders should not continue harping about their past differences. 

“We have to learn to forgive and forget about the negative and unhappy incidences of the past. Let us be forward looking. 

“It is not about whether we like someone or not. It is about setting aside our personal feelings and working together for the sake of the party and community,” he said after opening an election workshop for party activists from Penang at Wisma MCA yesterday. 

Ong said he had met the MCA Youth chief Datuk Ong Tee Keat to discuss the direction and future of the party and the wing. 

“Ong Tee Keat’s view that personal feelings are not important is a good statement,” he said. 

STRATEGISING:Ong conferring with Penang MCA chief Wong Kam Hoong (wearing tie)afteropening an election workshop for Penang party activists at Wisma MCA yesterday.

Ong said he would not shut the door on positive ideas and suggestions. 

“I welcome good ideas and suggestions that can help the MCA strengthen itself,” he said. 

Asked if he had completed negotiations with deputy president Datuk Chan Kong Choy concerning the candidates to fill the two vacant vice-president posts, Ong said his meetings with Chan were discussions, not negotiations. 

“Negotiations are for those who are not close (with each other). The discussions we have, together with other state and central committee leaders, are ongoing. 

“These discussions are being conducted internally,” he said, adding that the main aim of the talks were “solutions and results.” 

Asked about the readiness of MCA for the next general election, Ong said it was getting better as the party started to sort out its problems. 

“But our members cannot afford to relax and say, ‘Oh, we have a formula and everything will be okay’,” he said.  

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