Ex-DAP men switch sides to join MCA


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  • Sunday, 08 Apr 2007

BATU PAHAT: Johor MCA received 700 membership forms from mostly former DAP leaders and members. 

Followingin the footsteps of DAP's former Bahau assemblyman Lim Fui Ming who joined the MCA in January, the group, led by former DAP assistant organisation secretary Wong Kok Fong, pledged their loyalty to MCA at a ceremony yesterday. 

They handed over their membership forms to Johor MCA chief Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek. 

Dr Chua, who is the Health Minister and MCA vice-president, said the joining of a large group of former DAP members showed that more people have accepted MCA. 

He said this was the best present for their comrades in the Machap by-election. Dr Chua said it also served as a message to Machap voters that the time had come for them to reject the DAP. 

Welcome aboard: Dr Chua (centre) receiving the 700 membership forms from Wong in Batu Pahatyesterday, to cheers from (from left) Johor Baru MCA chief Freddie Long and his deputy Tan Kok Hong.

“We can see that more DAP members are joining the MCA and we will continue to accept more of them. 

“This is a good sign in Malaysian politics and shows that more Chinese recognise the contribution and struggles of the MCA and Barisan Nasional,” he said after welcoming the new members. 

At the function, Dr Chua received RM150,000 in donations for flood victims in Johor from Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd. 

Dr Chua said the MCA would continue with their policy to welcome any Malaysian Chinese into the party. 

Wong was formerly Johor DAP political and education bureau chief. 

The 41-year-old said he believed that MCA’s policies as well as principles were more suited to Malaysia, compared to that of the DAP.  

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