MCA to change voting system
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA is set to change its party election voting system to allow some 33,000 divisional delegates to elect the top leadership.
It will hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on Saturday to amend Article 21 of the party constitution to provide for the new voting system, styled after the United States electoral college system that Umno adopted in 2013.
The new system will see 33,000 delegates from 188 MCA divisions nationwide directly electing the party’s president, deputy, four vice-presidents and 25 central committee members.
Currently, the leaders are elected by 2,400 central delegates during the party election, held every three years.
MCA deputy secretary-general Datuk Wee Jeck Seng expressed confidence the new voting system would put a stop to infighting and power struggles as it would expand the voter base and make the party more democratic.
It is part of a step-by-step process to transform MCA, he added.
Last month, when announcing that MCA would amend its constitution to allow its divisional delegates to elect the top leadership, party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said they could no longer allow themselves to be torn apart by party polls.
Political analyst and adjunct senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Oh Ei Sun, said the party’s top leaders had been persuading its grassroots leaders over the past few years to accept the new system in order to make the party elections more democratic and appealing.
MCA veteran leader Datuk Yap Pian Hon described the proposed amendments as “long overdue” and said he believed delegates attending the EGM would approve the move, Bernama reported.
However, some veteran party leaders have expressed concern that the new voting system would see a large number of inactive members in MCA being granted the right to vote in the party election.
MCA is estimated to have 1.07 million members.
He said the leadership has to explain how it plans to address the issue, failing which disputes may arise between central leaders and the divisions.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak is scheduled to open MCA’s 63rd AGM on Sunday.
Najib welcomes Duterte at Perdana Putra in Putrajaya yesterday. Duterte arrived on Wednesday for a two-day official visit.