PENANG: Former DAP leader Jadryn Loo Hooi Yee has decided to cross over to the MCA barely a month after quitting all her seven posts in the opposition party.
Loo, who had just returned from her two-week vacation in New Zealand and China on Monday, said she would be submitting her membership application form to Penang MCA soon.
“I had thought things over during my holidays and made up my mind to join the MCA when I was in China,” she told reporters when attending Bayan Baru MP Wong Kam Hoong's service team annual dinner at the Penang Sports Club last night.
Loo, who held six positions in the state DAP and was also a party executive council member, tendered her resignation to the posts on Nov 27.
Touted as one of the brightest women leaders in the DAP, the 22-year-old former political researcher had been widely tipped to contest a state seat on Penang island.
It was reported that Loo’s decision to quit the posts was prompted by, among others, criticisms by certain party leaders who felt threatened by her outspoken and frank nature.
Loo said she chose to join MCA under the Barisan Nasional coalition because she felt its visions and objectives were more appropriate for Malaysians.
“If I do not believe in the ideology of the opposition, there is no point for me to continue being there,” she said, adding that her efforts to correct any “unjustness” she noticed in the DAP over the past year had been in vain.
Loo said she had posted her resignation letter to DAP secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock with immediate effect after returning from her vacation.
Loo, who thanked Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow for giving her support and opportunities, said she regarded her past experiences in DAP as a growing up process.
“Since my schooldays, I have always believed that being in politics is not to gain power or benefits but to sacrifice and serve the community,” she added.
Loo said she was not hoping to contest in the coming general elections, as her main objective would be to serve the community.
Her presence at the dinner last night came as a surprise to many of the guest as there was no hint of what was to happen.
Loo arrived at 8.30pm - an hour after the function had started - causing a stir as the diners wondered about her presence. She walked about among the guests and introduced herself.
Wong took to the stage and gave a speech, after which he invited Loo to address the gathering. By then many were guessing why she was there.
Loo just wished the crowd a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. She then took a seat among the reporters and told them she was had quit the DAP and was going to join the MCA.
By then there were excited whisper among the 130-strong crowd.
Wong, who is also state MCA chief, said the party's door was always open to anyone who was willing to serve the people.
Describing Loo as a “smart woman with vast political experience and potential, Wong said her entry into the party would be unconditional.
“We welcome her into the party but we have not discussed about candidacy in the next general election,” he added.
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