Food for thought in the coming polls
Hopefuls in the MCA elections busy wooing voters during breakfast, lunch and dinners
THEY were no ordinary dinners for many MCA division chiefs who attended the get-togethers over the weekend.
The reason is that their attendance would be used to gauge their alignment in the runup to the party elections early next month. Nomination is tomorrow.
“There are two dinners in Klang Valley today (yesterday), including a birthday dinner,” a division chief said.
The attendance, he said, would be an indicator of support to a certain extent.
While he said he would not be present at any of the two dinners, his political inclination is no secret within the MCA circle.
All eyes are on the parent body and the candidates for the posts of president and deputy president.
Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong and Gan Ping Sieu are going for the president’s post.
The two aspirants for the deputy presidency are Datuk Tee Siew Kiong and Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
Equally being watched are incumbent president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and former president Tan Sri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
While both are staying out of the ring this round, it is also an open secret that they are out campaigning for their respective team.
Liow is rooting for Dr Wee and Dr Mah while Tee and Gan has Dr Chua’s blessings.
Both camps have covered the top three states – Johor, Selangor and Perak – with the most votes.
About 60% of the 630-plus electoral votes come from the three states alone.
“Your winning chances are good if you have good support from the big states.
“But first of all, you must enjoy decent support from your home state to gain others’ respect,” said a party leader from Johor. His view is shared by many others. “This is simple logic,” said a leader from Perak.
Dr Wee, Gan and Tee are from Johor while Dr Mah is from Perak.
Of the 191 MCA divisions that are sending 630-plus electoral votes to decide the party’s line-up next month, 26 divisions are from Johor, 24 from Perak and 22 from Selangor.
The 191 division chiefs are seen as the “key persons” to tackle, with some saying that the chief has as high as 85% control on the delegates within his or her division under normal circumstances.
Besides the posts of president and deputy president, the Nov 4 elections will also determine the four vice-presidents and 25 central committee members.
Nomination for the Youth and Wanita national line-up is tomorrow while polling is on Nov 3.
Nicole Wong and Ng Kian Nam are set to lock horns for the national Youth chairman post.
Its incumbent chairman Datuk Chong Sin Woon is not seeking re-election.
For Wanita MCA, incumbent chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie may have won uncontested.
She has announced her decision to defend her post and so far no one has made known an interest to vie for the position.
Campaigning will pick up immediately after nomination.
Division chiefs and delegates are surely busy sieving through breakfast, lunch and dinner invitations in the run-up to the polls.