Sunday October 19, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Newly-elected MCA central committee
members called for unity after the party elections.
Selangor MCA secretary Lee Wei Kiat was voted in with
the highest number of votes.
Lee, who won by 1,597 votes, said there was a mixed
combination in the new leadership which must work together to reverse
the March 8 party setback.
Former MCA Youth auditor Gan Ping Sieu said he was
glad that more leaders from the Youth wing were voted in, adding that
the new leadership must have a combination of young and old.
Penang wanita chief Tan Cheng Liang said she was
grateful the delegates had confidence in her.
“This victory comes with the responsibility to win
back the confidence of the rakyat for the party.
“We must brave through this political situation with
perseverance and unity.”
Deputy Higher Education Minister Dr Hou Kok Chung
said even though he was new in the committee, he would fulfil his
promise to serve.
Malacca MCA treasurer Datuk Gan Tian Loo, 37, made
his debut into the central committee by garnering 1,377 votes.
Incumbent Wong Nai Chee made it into the committee
for a second term with 1,466 votes. The former Kota Melaka MP said his
first task will be to work with the new leaders in formulating the
political strategies and policies to effect changes.
Datuk Liew Yuen Keong, who secured 1,224 votes,
pledged to return Selangor back to the Barisan Nasional Government.
New central committee member Loh Seng Kok was
surprised with his win, as he was not among the favourites.
The former Kelana Jaya MP, with 1,141 votes, took the
twist of fate with much delight and deemed it as the start of a
The oldest central committee member Datuk Wong Mook
Leong, 65, said he felt great when he retained his post, which he held
He urged the newly-elected leaders to work together
as the immediate job for them was to strengthen the party.
Senator Lee Sing Chooi said he appreciated the
support of the delegates.
“The new team must put down our differences and go
back to the basic issues to serve the rakyat sincerely,” he said.