KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting yesterday announced 11 new party appointments including two new vice-presidents.
The appointments by the central committee yesterday were based on Article 23 of the MCA constitution, which empowers the partys central committee to fill any vacancy that arises until the next party elections due next year.
Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek and Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow were made vice-presidents.
The vacancies came about when Ong and deputy president Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy were appointed to the partys number one and two posts respectively on May 23 replacing Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik and Datuk Seri Lim Ah Lek respectively.
Lau Yin Pin, who resigned from his post as a central committee member yesterday, was appointed treasurer-general replacing Tan Sri William Chek who stepped down after holding the post for about 14 years.
Datuk Hon Choon Kim was appointed deputy secretary-general; Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai was made deputy treasurer-general and Yew Teong Look as the deputy national organising secretary.
The three new central committee members are Kong Cho Ha, Hoo Seong Chang and Datuk Lee Chee Leong, filling up the slots vacated by Dr Chua, Fu and Lau.
The central committee had unanimously agreed on all the appointments.
MCA wants to serve the people more efficiently with a bigger, stronger and more effective team, Ong told a press conference after chairing the four-hour meeting which were attended by 34 of the 38 members who had voting powers at Wisma MCA yesterday.
Those absent at the meeting were vice-president Datuk Chua Jui Meng and central committee members Datuk Law Boon Hong, Datuk Chau Tet On and Tang See Hang.
Ong, who heads a special committee set up to oversee the performances of the partys 107 elected representatives, said the others in the committee were Chan, Dr Chua, vice-president Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn, Youth chairman Datuk Ong Tee Keat and Wanita chairman Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen.
He said the party would also seek the advice of Barisan Nasional as to whether a petition should be made against the results of the three seats Bukit Bintang, Pantai Remis and Kota Lama where MCA lost.
Dr Chua and Fu expressed their gratitude to the party leadership for their trust and confidence. They also pledged to do their best for the party.