Being the President of the MCA is, at best, a dubious honour.
Is an old “warrior”, Chua Soi Lek, returning to helm the anaemic MCA, to give it “political Viagra”?
Dec 21, 2013
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today recommended that MCA needs a does of “political viagra” to boost the party’s flaccid morale.
“You have the members, you have the people, but it’s like, the flesh is there but the spirit is weak.
“We need some political viagra… We ask the health minister to provide the medication,” he said to laughter from the floor at the opening of the 60th MCA annual general assembly.
29 August 2019
BALAKONG, Aug 29 — Former MCA president Tan Sri Chua Soi Lek is expected to make a political comeback in the remaining 10 days or so of campaigning in the Balakong state seat by-election, polling for which is on September 8.
“He sent me a WhatsApp message, he wants us to go all-out in the by-election. He will help to campaign if he has the time,” Tan Chee Teong, the MCA candidate in the by-election, said today.
Tan was responding to questions on whether Chua had contacted him offering to help in the election campaign.
Earlier, the media had reported that grassroots leaders from MCA and other parties had urged Chua, who had been the assemblyman for Penggaram in Johor for 18 years as well as Johor MCA liaison chief, to contest the party’s top post in the MCA elections on November 4.
28 August 2018
JOHOR BARU— Tan Sri Dr Chua Soi Lek has largely kept silent since he went into political exile following MCA’s dismal performance in the 2013 general elections, where the Barisan Nasional component won only seven federal seats.
But with an even more disastrous result on May 9, there are members who felt that MCA may benefit from a comeback by a tenacious personality like the former party president — much like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did for Pakatan Harapan — to turn its fortunes around.
“Talk among the grassroots’ leaders in Johor is that MCA is in urgent need of an overhaul and Wee may not have the capability and experience due to his health issues to lead it,” said a Johor MCA source who wished to remain unnamed.
He was referring to deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, 49, who had on Sunday indicated his willingness to contest the party presidency, with Perak MCA confirming yesterday that at least five divisions are behind him.
“Of late, there are indicators that former party president Tan Sri Dr Chua Soi Lek may make a comeback to lead MCA out of their current situation and strengthen it internally,” added the source, who is privy to information from the state liaison committee.
The source said its Johor members are lacking young and new talent amongst its ranks, so naturally they are looking at Dr Chua’s return to helm the party.
“Dr Chua’s Batu Pahat division has already nominated him to be a central delegate on Sunday and this will pave the way for him to bid for the party’s presidency,” the source said.
“Don’t forget Dr Chua still has a large nationwide network of support among party loyalists, as well as the old guard and it is not impossible for him to be the president again.
“He may be 71-years-old, but he is young in comparison to our Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who is 93,” the source added, referring to Dr Chua.
– Malay Mail
Although the candidates for the MCA party presidency have yet to be announced, at least five of Perak’s 24 divisions have endorsed party deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong to contest the party’s top post during the party polls in November.
The divisions are Tapah, Kampar, Batu Gajah, Teluk Intan and Tambun.
Will former MCA president Tan Sri Dr Chua Soi Lek contest the coming party polls?
An Ipoh Barat division leader, who declined to be named, said the former health minister was staying mum about his political plans.
The leader added that other than his sex scandal, Dr Chua had proven himself to be a capable leader.
“MCA needs a leader who dares to speak his mind and Dr Chua fits the bill,” he added.
A Tambun leader, meanwhile, rejected the notion that Dr Chua would contest the post of president in the coming party elections.
“No, no, no only his son will defend his vice-president post,” added the leader, referring to Datuk Chua Tee Yong.
Wee Ka Siong contesting for MCA president
Last updated on 26 August 2018 – 08:16pm
JOHOR BARU: MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said he would accept the nomination to contest for the party’s top post. He believes that as the only MP from MCA, he would like to take up the challenge of contesting for the post and will institute reforms in the party.
“I will focus on internal reform in MCA if I become the president,” Wee, who is Johor MCA chairman, said to reporters after officiating the Johor Baru MCA divisional meeting.
Wee noted that he has received support from several divisions to have the election for party president in November.