MCA Line-up – 12 GE 2008 – 16 incumbents & 22 New Hopefuls; Soi Lek’s Labis - son Tee Yong; Kong Choy’s Selayang - Lee Li Yew; Ka Chuan -Tanjung Malim
MCA Line-up – 12 GE 2008 – 16 incumbents & 22 New Hopefuls; Soi Lek’s Labis - son Tee Yong; Kong Choy’s Selayang - Lee Li Yew; Ka Chuan -Tanjung Malim; Ling Hee Leong - Gopeng
Noticeable not on the Line-up are veterans Datuk Chua Jui Meng, Datuk Yap Pian Hon, Datuk Ting Chew Pei, Datuk Loke Yuen Yow - not among the contestants and are replaced by new comers. The Labis seat held by former Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek is taken over by his second son Chua Tee Yong 31. And the seat held by deputy president, Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy, the Transport Minister (not contesting for health reason) is slated for MCA Selayang Youth Chief Lee Li, a master degree holder. Other prominent names in the list are Datuk Ling Hee Leong, son of former party president Tun Ling Liong Sik will make his electoral debut in Gopeng and MCA secretary-general Datuk Ong Ka Chuan ( BELOW) replacing Datuk Loke Yuen Yow for the Tanjong Malim.
MCA President Moves To Kulai, End Of The Road For Deputy Chief
Chan (ABOVE, Left with tongue out listening to the praises from his boss) , who was accompanied by Ong and other party leaders to the press conference, will remain as deputy president until the next party election expected to be held by the end of this year. When asked by reporters, Chan denied that he was under pressure not to contest because of the Port Klang Free Trade (PKFZ) issue. Ong said Chan’s name was submitted to the prime minister but Chan himself said he would not run even if Abdullah gave his approval for him to contest. Ong, the Housing and Local Government Minister, believed that Chan's decision would not affect the partys showing in the election. "We are confident. We are going to face this election as a solid and complete team. This (decision by Chan) would not dampen our spirit. We have done what we can and we have to respect his decision," he said. As in the previous polls, the MCA would field candidates for 40 parliamentary seats. But veterans Datuk Chua Jui Meng and Datuk Yap Pian Hon are not among the contestants.
Ong(ABOVE) will move to stand in in Kulai, leaving the Tanjung Piai seat, which he won in 2004, to his former political secretary, Wee Jeck Seng to contest. Chua Tee Yong, the second son of former
Chua Soi Lek, was a surprise inclusion among the new faces. Tee Yong, (ABOVE) 31, an accountant, will stand in his fathers constituency of Labis in Johor. Datuk Ling Hee Leong, son of former party president Tun Ling Liong Sik, will make his electoral debut in Gopeng.
MCA Selayang Youth Chief Lee Li Yew (BELOW) will also take to the polls for the first time, replacing Chan in Selayang.
The incumbents retained are vice-presidents Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn (Alor Gajah), Datuk Ong Tee Keat (Pandan), Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai (Petaling Jaya Selatan), Wanita chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen (Raub) and Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai (Bentong), Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory chairman Datuk Tan Chai Ho (Bandar Tun Razak), Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow (Kuantan), Wanita MCA deputy chief Datuk Paduka Chew Mei Fun (Petaling Jaya Utara),
Ka Tings elder brother and party secretary-general Datuk Ong Ka Chuan,has been given a second chance to contest this time after losing in Batu Gajah in 2004. Ka Chuan replaces Datuk Loke Yuen Yow for the Tanjong Malim contest while Datuk Dr Lee Chong Meng gets another shot in Bukit Bintang. A new face among the MCA contestants is the energetic MCA Beliawanis bureau chief Carol Chew Chee Lin, 27, who is also the confidential secretary to Deputy Finance Minister, Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen. Chew will take on DAP's Teresa Kok in the Seputeh parliamentary seat in
The other first timers in the parliamentary seats contest are Penang MCA Wanita chief and lawyer Ooi Siew Kim (Bayan Baru), Chinese affairs expert Dr Hou Kok Chung (Kluang) Tay Pooi Chuan (Bakri), former Balakong state assemblyman Hoh Hee Lee (Serdang).
Eight state assemblymen will switch from state to parliamentary seats.
They are Selangors Datuk Ch'ng Toh Eng who will stand in Klang, Penangs Datuk Koay Kar Huah in Bukit Gelugor, Kedahs Boey Chin Gan in
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12 new faces for MCA; By LEE YUK PENG; STAR
The 10 state assemblymen who will be contesting for parliamentary seats are Boey Chin Gan (Padang Serai), Koay Kar Huah (Bukit Gelugor), Yik Phooi Hong (Ipoh Barat), Datuk Lee Chee Leong (Kampar), Datuk Hoh Hee Lee (Serdang), Datuk Lee Hwa Beng (Kelana Jaya), Datuk Ch'ng Toh Eng (Klang), Datuk Yu Chok Yow (Seremban), Datuk Dr Yeow Chai Thiam (Rasah) and Wee Jeck Seng (Tanjung Piai).
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BN Manifesto Not Just To Attract Voters, Says Ka Ting
PETALING JAYA, Feb 22 (Bernama) -- The Barisan Nasional (BN) manifesto is more than a mere document to draw the attention of voters, MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said Thursday. Unlike the manifesto of opposition parties, it is a document that outlines the continuity of the BN government's long-term policies to ensure national development and the wellbeing of the people, he said. Ong, who is the Housing and Local Government Minister, called on the people to give the mandate to the BN in the March 8 general election to ensure a bright future for the nation. He spoke at a dinner in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration at the Civic Centre here. More than 10,000 people attended the function. Also present was
Mohamad Khir Toyo. Khir, in his speech, said the people should be rational when voting for their candidates in the general election. He said they should be wary of the sweet promises made by the opposition political parties.
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Kong Choy not seeking re-election (updated)
ABOVE: Sick Chan stepping down not because of PKFZ
"I had to make sure everything was in place first and wait for a suitable time. Today is the suitable time," he said, speaking at a packed press conference Thursday evening at the Wisma MCA here. Chan, 53, has been an MP for four terms. He was first elected as the Tanah Rata state assemblyman in 1986 and has served in various party capacities including MCA Youth chief and vice-president. The Bentong-born Chan entered the political foray when he joined MCA at the age of 25. After a five-year stint as a university lecturer, Chan became political secretary to the late health minister and MCA vice-president Tan Sri Chan Siang Sun in 1986 and moved up the ladder until he became the present MCA deputy president.
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MCA No 2 may announce his decision on contest today
By WONG CHUN WAI and WONG SAI WAN
Chan: A former UPM lecturer, he joined MCA at age 25 He spent the late afternoon meeting with party members and attended a dinner at the
On Sept 12, he reported for work after the medical check-up in