MCA looking to revamp election process

United Chinese School Tea chers’ Association of Malaysia (Jiao Zong) chairman Ong Chiow Chuen (left), Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah (third from left), MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong (second from right) and MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (right) sharing a moment during the party’s AGM.

KUALA LUMPUR - MCA will allow its 50,000 division delegates to choose the leadership in future party elections instead of the current group of 2,400 central delegates.

Towards this end, the party will seek the delegates' approval to revamp the election process, which would entail amendments to the party's constitution during its annual general meeting next year.

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the party leadership was earnest and sincere in reforming its election system and had been carrying out such reforms in a transparent manner.

He said such reforms would help overcome problems such as power struggles.

"I think the chaos in the party is a thing of the past," he told reporters after chairing the party's seventh central committee meeting which lasted for about five hours yesterday.

Liow said more time was needed to discuss the party's structural reforms.

He said the party would first expand its delegates representation system, before a direct election system could be implemented.

"I think this will make MCA more democratic and, at the same time, allow more grassroots-level delegates to be involved in the party's election process."

Liow said the move to expand the freedom of the delegates to choose party leaders and the introduction of direct elections have received wide support from the grassroots.

He also expressed his happiness over the report on the progress of the party's election and structural reforms.

During the meeting, Liow said each state delegate expressed the view that the reforms had been going smoothly.

"It's just that we need to get members from the branches and Wanita wings to be involved as well," he added.

Also present at the press conference were party deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun and secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan.