New Perak Youth chief to go for No. 2 post

  • Nation
  • Friday, 19 Sep 2008

IPOH: Fresh from beating Datuk Ling Hee Leong for the Perak MCA Youth chief’s post, cardiologist Dr Mah Hang Soon is now eyeing his opponent’s national position -- the deputy MCA youth chief’s job.

Dr Mah, who announced his candidacy at the Perak MCA headquarters here yesterday, said that 13 MCA state Youth chiefs were backing him for the position.

The matter was decided upon following two meetings with MCA Youth secretary-general Dr Wee Ka Siong, the last of which was held on Tuesday in Putrajaya, he said.

Dr Mah, the sole MCA assemblyman in Perak, won the Perak MCA Youth chief’s post on Sept 6, securing 366 votes to Ling’s 184.

Asked to rate his chances of winning the deputy Youth chief post, Dr Mah said he was confident of receiving the majority votes judging from his win in the Perak MCA Youth election.

On whether he would give way if Ling decides to defend his deputy Youth chief’s post, Dr Mah said:

“No. I don’t think so as I have announced I am going for the deputy Youth chief post.”

Dr Mah said that he had spoken to Ling a week ago and the latter did not indicate if he would defend his post.

“But I will be offering him a post in my committee,” he said.

Nominations for the MCA Youth leadership have been set for Oct 13 with the election fixed for Oct 17.

The wing has 2,188 central delegates.

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