SUNGAI PETANI: Sungai Petani MCA Youth chief Ong Wei Sin's resignation on Tuesday will not affect the party's election work, branch leaders said.
Branch chairman Datuk Beh Heng Teong said that preparations for the general election will go on.
"If anything, the effect will be very mild, or nothing at all," he told reporters at the Sungai Petani MCA headquarters on Wednesday.
He said that Ong was free to go and that the party would not hold any grudges against the former Youth chief.
On Tuesday, Ong announced that he was quitting the party in the run-up to the elections, adding that his resignation was a personal choice.
His party branch comrades were taken by surprise, having learned of his resignation through the media.
An MCA member for more than 10 years, Ong became Youth Chief after defeating Ooi Chong Lee in the party's Youth division elections in 2008.
Ong was also Sungai Petani MCA's Crisis Relief Squad (CRSM) chairman.
Sungai Petani MCA division secretary Ko Hung Weng, who is also Sungai Petani MCA deputy youth chief, will take over Ong's position.
When contacted, Ong said that his time with MCA was over.
"It's just a political difference," he said.
He added that he had faxed his resignation letter to party headquarters Tuesday.
He said that many of his friends had called him over the matter, including members from the Kita party.
Asked if he would join Kita, Ong said he had not decided yet.