Jessie Ooi hopes to be first female state MCA Youth chief

Lee Pit Chern (left) and Jessie Ooi

KUALA LUMPUR - Jessie Ooi is hoping to make history in MCA by being the party's first female state MCA Youth chief.

This is the first time, since its inception in 1958, that the wing has opened its door to females under 40 after amending its constitution.

Ooi, 34, is in a straight fight with Chong Sin Woon (male) for the Selangor MCA Youth chief's post after nominations closed at 8pm on Monday.

Asked if she thinks she could win, the businesswoman and mother of three, said: "I think I have a chance."

Elsewhere, six state Wanita chiefs - Datuk Lee Pit Chern (Negri Sembilan), Datuk Heng Seai Kie (Perak), Datuk Lim Nget Yoon (Pahang), Datuk Lim Bee Kau (Kedah), Lee Liew Loo (Kelantan) and Wang Kim Lian (Perlis) - have retained their seat uncontested.

The 62-year-old Lee, who is Negri Sembilan Wanita chief since 1986, is the longest serving chief.

The nominations for Wanita and Youth were held nationwide between 4pm and 8pm on Monday. The state elections for the Youth and Wanita will be on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

In Johor, it is a straight fight between lawyer Wong You Fong, 42, and Yap Swee Hua, 44, for the state Wanita chief's post.

Yap said she decided to go for the post after returning from China two days ago.

Many had expected Wong to win uncontested after she was made the state's acting Wanita chief, replacing Tan Ah Eng, who died recently.

In Selangor, the tussle for the Wanita chief's post is between Ng Siok Hwa and Ong Chong Swen.

Its incumbent chairman Chew Lee Giok, who recovered from a recent stroke, is going for the deputy chairman's post instead and she is in a straight fight with Lim Ah Yew.

In the Federal Territory, the fight for the Wanita chief's post is between Ooi Saw Choo and Chai Yat Chiew.

For the Youth, the tussle in Perak is between Ting Tai Fook and Liew Mun Hon; while Tan Kok Eng and and Soo Jing Wey are locking horns for the Federal Territory Youth chief's post.

Tan is the son of MCA veteran Datuk Seri Tan Chai Ho.

In Pahang, Leong Kim Soon, who is the former political secretary to Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, won the state chief's post uncontested.

The Negri Sembilan Youth chief's post will see a three-cornered fight between Leaw Kok Chan, Tan Tiong Lai and Lee Chun Fatt.

In Penang, incumbent Tan Cheng Liang will battle her predecessor Ooi Siew Kim for the state Wanita chief's post while for the Youth chief post, it will be a face- off between two new faces - Ong Tang Chuan and Lee Beng Seng - as the incumbent Tan Hing Teik has decided not to defend his post.