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Saturday, February 23, 2008

A good mix from MCA

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 55% of MCA candidates contesting for parliamentary seats are new faces, said party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.

Of the 40 candidates, Ong said 12 were making their debut while 10 were incumbent state assemblymen contesting parliamentary seats for the first time.

All 22 of them made up 55% of the line-up while 16 incumbents were retained, he said.

Two veterans are former Bukit Bintang MP Dr Lee Chong Meng contesting in Bukit Bintang and former state executive councillor Datuk Ong Ka Chuan contesting in Tanjong Malim.

“This is part of the rejuvenating process of the party to have a combination of old and new faces to contest.

“It is a very good mix team from MCA,” said Ong when introducing the candidates at Wisma MCA yesterday.

Ong moved from Tanjung Piai to Kulai parliamentary seat.

On Lee Li Yew replacing Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy to contest in Selayang, Ong said Lee was a good candidate as he has a Master’s Degree and had served in MCA’s Youth wing and crisis relief squad.

“Chan is also happy with the choice of candidate in Selayang,” said Ong.

Lee, 44, is the Youth chief of the Selayang MCA division, vice chairman of the Selayang division and also head of CRSM in Selangor.

On a question about the Labis candidate Chua Tee Yong, Ong said the division recommended Tee Yong. He is the son of former MCA vice president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

Ong also said that MCA candidates were all ready to stand in the election with high spirits.

Asked whether Chan’s withdrawal would affect the spirit of the team, Ong said: “No, we are a united team and all are ready to move forward.”



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