KUALA LUMPUR: The new MCA Youth chief is Chong Sin Woon.
The 39-year-old won 794 votes to beat 40-year-old businessman Datuk Goh Gaik Meng who obtained 701 votes.
Chong, a government officer, succeeded Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong who did not seek re-election.
The deputy Youth chief’s post went to lawyer Chris Lee Ching Yong who defeated Ting Tai Fook, a doctorate student.
Lee, 37, garnered 844 votes while Ting, 29, got 650 votes.
The elections yesterday also saw Nicole Wong Siaw Ting making history when she won one of the four vice-chairman’s post.
This is the first time female members were taking part in the wing’s elections after its constitution was amended to admit females.
Wong polled 815 votes to beat Tee Hooi Ling who bagged 681 votes.
Both women are in their 30s.
The other three vice-chairmen are Tia Hong Guan, Tan Chee Hiong and Tan Kok Eng.
Kok Eng is the son of MCA treasurer-general Datuk Seri Tan Chai Ho.
The Youth secretary-general’s post went to Datuk Leong Kim Soon.Leong won 777 votes to defeat Lim Ban Hong who garnered 713 votes.
Under the amendments, eight of the 25 central committee posts are open for contest by females only, while another five are reserved for contest by candidates under 30.
The remaining 12 central committee member seats are open for all.
Under the open category, two candidates – Tee Kum Seng and Kevin Koo Seng Kiat – won the 12th slot after both garnered 739 votes each.
The Speaker Dr Kow Cheong Wai tossed a coin to decide the winner and Koo made it.
Meanwhile, the amendments to the Youth constitution are aimed at encouraging young people, especially females to join the 55-year-old Youth wing.
The amendments also set 40 years as the maximum age for youth members.
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