Need to map clear direction for Youth wing, says Chong

  • Nation
  • Friday, 20 Dec 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: Newly elected MCA Youth chief Chong Sin Woon said he would work closely with the new office-bearers although several names from his cai dan (menu) did not make it to the line-up.

“I would like to thank the delegates for having faith in me to steer the wing. I respect the delegates’ decision as they did not vote in accordance to the menu.  “It shows that the delegates have already assessed the calibre of candidates before casting their votes.

“I can accept the chosen leaders. We will form a strong line-up and inject a new breath of air into the party as listed in my manifesto,” he said after winning the post yesterday.

He polled 794 votes while Datuk Goh Gaik Meng secured 701 votes. Cai dan is a Mandarin word which means menu or “list of orders”; in this case, it is a list of candidates aligned to certain leaders.

Chong, 39, said he would focus on the party’s political struggle and issues, besides education and economic matters.

“We will provide training to the delegates so that they could provide quality debate and present strong political analysis during assemblies.

“Besides this, we need to map a clear direction for the Youth wing. We can only attract young people and win the heart of various races once we consolidate and regroup.

“Our ultimate struggle is to create a fair and just society,” he said.

He said he was glad that the election was free of mudslinging and wild allegations.

Newly-elected deputy Youth chief Chris Lee Ching Yong pledged to give 100% to the new team to help unite and strengthen the wing.

Asked how he would work towards unity as he and Chong were seen to be from different teams, Lee said the election was a very healthy process of democracy.

“It is normal to have two different teams contesting but it does not mean that we have a different direction. It will not be a problem,” said the Bakri deputy division chief. 

Lee, 37, won the number two post with a 194 majority after garnering 844 votes against Ting Tai Fook.

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