KOTA KINABALU: With the MCA elections getting nearer, aspirants from the peninsula have been making a beeline to Sabah to woo the state’s 138 central delegates.
The state’s representation is just about 6% of the 2,300 central delegates who would seal the fate of the aspirants, but none of them is taking any chances.
The Aug 20 election has been dubbed the most crowded and exciting for the 56-year-old party. The latest estimate indicates that about 70 candidates are vying for the posts of president, deputy president, four vice-presidents and 25 central committee members.
The massive campaigning in Sabah in the past few days culminated at the Kian Kok Middle School here yesterday when party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting opened the Sabah state convention.
It was the 11th convention opened by Ong, who was accompanied by his deputy Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy. The first one was in Johor on July 9 while the last two – in Kelantan and Terengganu – will be held this Friday.
In his speech, Ong said he was confident of the delegates’ wisdom in voting in the most capable team that could continue to bring reforms to the party and build a good relationship with the Chinese community.
He said MCA, via its 16 ministers, deputy ministers and parliamentary secretaries in 16 different ministries in the Cabinet as well as its good relationship with the Sabah Government, would continue to fight for the community in the state.
Ong said he and Chan, who took over the party helm 26 months ago, were in the process of building a strong foundation for the party.
He likened their mission to the building of the Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, which is just a stone’s throw from Wisma MCA.
“For a strong foundation and a tall and lasting building, we must, among others, kill all the termites and have a good drainage,” he said.
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