TEE KEAT QUITS MCA AFTER 36 YEARS
He wishes to be an ‘ordinary citizen’
FORMER MCA president, Tan Sri Ong Tee Keat has quit MCA, after serving the party for over three decades.
His decision to leave the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party, which he helmed as the eighth party president, took effect from Jan 2. Chinese-language daily, China
Press reported that he wanted to be an “ordinary citizen” and was “no longer suitable” for political games.
Ong said he would concentrate on his business and cultural work and planned to write a book.
He also said there were certainquarters who did not want to see him contest in the 14th General Election, which further moved him to quit the party.
He told an online news portal that he did not bother making an announcement on his decision as he was “merely a small fry”.
Ong said he had no plans to join any other party.
The 60-year-old joined MCA in 1981, and was an active MCA Youth member, holding several posts, including the MCA Youth chief post for the 1999/2002 term.
He became MCA’s eighth president in 2008. He contested in the party polls in 2010 to defend his presidency but was beaten by Tan Sri Dr Chua Soi Lek. He contested in 2013 but lost to current MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Under the Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi cabinet, Ong was appointed as Transport Minister, and retained this portfolio when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak came into power.
In 2010, Ong was dropped from the cabinet following a reshuffle.
He had been previously the deputy youth and sports minister and deputy higher education minister.
Ong was a five-term Ampang Jaya member of parliament. He was defeated by PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli in his sixth bid for the parliamentary seat which had been renamed as Pandan in the 2013 general election.
MCA Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon said he was saddened that Ong had decided to leave.
“I wish him all the best.”
Tan Sri Ong Tee Keat