Ong: MCA and Gerakan should forget differences


  • Nation
  • Monday, 14 Jul 2003

Compiled by LEE YUK PENG, AUDREY EDWARDS and S. ARULLDAS

MCA and Gerakan should put aside their past differences in order to work closer, MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting told the Sin Chew Daily

Ong said he believed Tan Cheng Liang and Lim Boo Chang, the two MCA assemblymen who had their suspension from the party lifted on Thursday, would abide by the Barision Nasional spirit and discipline. 

He said he welcomed the statement made by Gerakan president Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik that Gerakan did not oppose their reinstatement. 

“I’ve advised them to work in a team with other Barisan leaders under the leadership of the state Barisan,” Ong said. 

Ong said coalition parties in the Barisan should co-operate with each other to be more united. 

“We should work together, look forward and not repeat (what happened in) the past,” he said. 

China Press reported that the family of Siamese twins Siti Maisarah Zaidi and Siti Zulaikha Zaidi, who had appealed for donations from the public to enable the four-month-old infants to undergo an operation to separate them, had received cheques which could not be cashed. 

Their father, Zaidi Mat Noor, from Permatang Pasir, Bukit Mertajam, said he received 11 cheques but five were without signatures. 

Zaidi was reported to have said they were personal cheques.  

The twins were joined in the chest but have separate hearts. 

Bayan Baru MP Wong Kam Hoong presented RM5,000 to the family for the twins' medical expenses on behalf of the Bayan Baru Welfare Association. 

Wong said the association would raise funds for the twins in a treasure hunt in November. 

Sin Chew Daily also reported that Quek Suan Hiang was returned unopposed as chairman of the Chinese education movement Dong Zong

Quek, 73, who became chairman for the fifth term from this year to 2005, had been chairman since 1993. 

Quek said he had planned to retire to allow younger leaders to take over but the committee had suggested that he stay on.  

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