Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Malaysia Politics TURN

Some 30 per cent of active MCA members will leave the party if Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting refuses to quit as president, the head of legal advisers at the MCA public services and complaints department, Datuk Theng Book, has claimed. The infighting would cause many to be angry and cross over to other political parties, Theng said after joining four other MCA leaders on Sunday in calling for Ong’s resignation.

The “Saving MCA” campaign, which began in Selangor, is part of road shows nationwide aimed at pressuring Ong to step aside.

“Once he steps down , we will stop. We are not power crazy or looking for government posts,” said Theng Book, who is also the chairman of MCA Puchong Youth division.

Datuk Dr Yap Yit Thong, former Lumut MP and a leader in the Saving MCA pro-tem committee, said Ong should bear the full responsibility for MCA’s “near annihilation” as he decided the list of election candidates on his own, without consulting or listening to other party members.
“Under the pretext of rejuvenation, he fielded over 50 per cent of new candidates,” he said.

Yap, who is also Ipoh Timur MCA division vice-chairman, also called for MCA Perak chief Datuk Ong Ka Chuan to bear responsibility for losing Perak, saying that the party could have won the Teja and Malim Nawar state seats, if not for the poor choice of candidates.

Among those at the event were former Ipoh Timur MP and Ipoh Timur MCA deputy chairman Datuk Thong Fah Chong, Petaling Jaya Utara MCA division deputy chairman Lim Choon Kim and former division chairman of MCA Petaling Jaya Utara, Wong Leong.

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