KUALA LUMPUR: Johor state exco Tan Kok Hong has joined the race for the MCA vice-presidency.
Tan, 57, who is also the deputy chairman of Johor MCA liaison committee, announced his intention at the party headquarters yesterday.
“Please give me a chance,” said Tan, who is also a member of the MCA central committee.
Tan, a four-term state assemblyman and into his second term as state exco, thanked Johor MCA for the support.
Asked whether it was a hasty decision, Tan, who is the state International Trade and Industry, Energy, Water, Communication and Environment chairman, said no.
Deputy Education Minister Dr Wee Ka Siong said the reason for Tan to contest was to have a Johor representative in a key post in the MCA.
Wee said Tan’s decision to contest had the support of many divisions in Johor.
“The Johor MCA wants to have a candidate from the state to contest in key posts. It is the tradition of Johor MCA to have a leader in key posts in the party,” he said, adding that Tan had the backing of the four deputy ministers and state exco member from Johor MCA.
Others who have announced that they would be contesting for the post are Datuk Chor Chee Heung, Datuk Kong Cho Ha, Datuk Liow Tiong Lai, Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen and Datuk Tan Chai Ho.
Besides Ka Siong, the others present were deputy ministers Wee Jeck Seng, Teng Boon Soon, Hou Kok Chung and state exco Hoo Seong Chang.