KOTA KINABALU - It does not matter whether it is a black cat or a white cat, because a good cat is one that knows how to catch a rat.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek used the phrase to underscore the importance of meritocracy in the party, saying that the new leadership must be able to recognise the "good cats" in the party.
To do that, he said the leadership had to rise above factionalism and be firm in its stand.
With party elections less than three weeks away, he also cautioned against interference by party veterans and money politics in the electoral process as these elements would end up burdening the new leadership.
"The new line-up must not only be good and loyal, but also one that is not bought with money," Dr Chua said when opening the Sabah MCA convention here Sunday.
The posts of president, deputy president, four vice-presidents and 25 central committee members are open for contest on Dec 21, with nominations set for Dec 16.
The three who have announced their plans to go for the president post are deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, vice-president Gan Ping Sieu and former party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.
Dr Chua said the party needed a young leadership, and a mix of older, middle-aged and young leaders would be good.
Unlike past elections, he hoped this election would not see fierce infighting.