Chua warns against MCA internal fighting

KOTA KINABALU - Three weeks ahead of the MCA elections, party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek says he is open to discussing plans that will bode well for the party's future.

He said any plan must accommodate all factions in the party.

Dr Chua said MCA had often been subjected to internal fighting during its elections, and losers would be forced out.

"We are now at a point where we have no more political capital to allow internal fighting that weakens the party further," he said before opening the Sabah MCA new headquarters here last night.

Dr Chua said he had accommodated the different factions after he became president in March 2010.

MCA was united until after the May 5 general election as some went on to capitalise on the party's poor performance, he said, adding that no party leaders had approached him to discuss any unity plan.

Asked whether it was time to discuss such a plan, he said: "Nothing is too early or too late."

At least a three-cornered fight for the MCA president post is expected at the party elections on Dec 21.

Those who have announced their plans to contest for the top post are deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, vice-president Gan Ping Sieu and former party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

More may join the fray with nominations set for Dec 16. The posts of deputy president, four vice-presidents and 25 central committee members are also up for contest.

Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong has announced his candidacy for the deputy president post.

At least 10 candidates are expected for the vice-president posts and 100 candidates for the central committee member posts.