Liow Tiong Lai, new deputy of Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA), left, and Chua Soi Lek celebrate as Chua is elected for president of MCA, the second-largest member of the governing Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, March. 28, 2010. Chua, the former health minister once disgraced by a sex videotape scandal, won the presidency of Malaysia’s main ethnic Chinese party Sunday after a yearlong leadership feud that weakened a pillar of the coalition that has ruled since independence.
Soi Lek wins, Liow is MCA No 2
Presiden : Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek
Timbalan Presiden : Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai
Naib Presiden : Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen
Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai
Datuk Chor Chee Heung
Gan Ping Shou
Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek diisytiharkan sebagai Presiden parti dengan meraih 901 undi, Ong Ka Ting (833 undi) dan Tee Keat (578 undi).
Manakala Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai menang jawatan Timbalan Presiden dengan 1171 undi, mengalahkan Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha (1106 undi).
Empat jawatan naib presiden dimenangi oleh Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen, Datuk Donald Lim, Datuk Chor Chee Heung dan Gan Ping Sieu.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 — Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek was elected MCA president while Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai became the deputy in a hotly-contested party election today.
Dr Chua beat incumbent Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and former president Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, who was bidding a comeback to active politics.
Speaker Datuk Yik Phooi Hoong announced the results at the MCA headquarters this evening.
Ong, earlier arrived smiling as tension mounted outside Dewan San Choon at the MCA headquarters for the results of the closely-fought presidential race.
Party insiders say early indication shows that Dr Chua is in the lead with at least 1,000 votes in his favour.
“From what I was told, Dr Chua has 1,085 votes while Tee Keat has something like 600 votes or so. Ka Ting has the remainder,” an insider said.
A total of 2,315 out of the 2,318 central delegates who registered for the polls had cast their votes when the process ended shortly after noon today.
Dr Chua, the former Health Minister whose political career came to an abrupt halt after a sex scandal in 2007, is apparently a favourite among the grassroots leaders, said the insider.
“For Ka Ting, it is not easy for him to make such inroads with the delegates after making a sudden comeback like that. What he is doing is just calling in old favours and reviving old friendships,” he added.
According to officials, three delegates had not collected their ballot papers.
The extraordinary general meeting was adjourned at 12.30pm by assembly Speaker Datuk Yik Phooi Hoong and delegates proceeded to the building’s foyer for lunch.
A total of 101 candidates are contesting for the 31 posts in the MCA central committee (CC).
The election was called after 21 CC members resigned early this month to protest against Tee Keat’s presidency.
The Transport Minister was elected in 2008 after Ka Ting stepped down in the aftermath of the party’s losses in Election 2008.
Meanwhile, despite the calm that has taken over from the earlier carnival-like atmosphere here, rumours of Dr Chua’s probably win are still reverberating through MCA’s halls.
There has been no official information from election officials on the results of the polls.malaysianinsider