Saturday, June 28, 2008

Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting not seeking re-election

Was shocked seeing the headline of Sin Chew Jit Poh just now. Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting decided not to seek re-election to be MCA President. It is definitely a shocking news, especially I have seen how sincere Dato' Seri is, in terms of bringing reforms to MCA. He is a leader, who doesn't care about his personal gain, but work tirelessly for the community.

He has made sacrifice after the 12th General Election, to not seek a Cabinet position. That's very rare in Malaysian history, especially with him only being 52 years old. And now, he decided to not seek re-election for party president post as well.

Malaysiakini did an article here too.

Personally, I definitely felt that it is a loss for MCA, Chinese Community and Malaysian community in general, due to Dato' Seri not continuing to be party president. Dato' Seri has been able to bring across many ideas that transform our community.

I, personally, would have to thank Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting on his fight to open JPA Scholarships for Chinese, and since 1999, he has managed to fight for more than 3,000 Chinese to get JPA Scholarships. That's something that no one has dreamed about previously, but Dato' Seri has made it happen.

Having said the above, I respect the decision by Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting. He is a leader, who hopes to set leadership by example, to bring upon healthy political culture within MCA. And his not seeking re-election is definitely part of the picture.

Hopefully, MCA would have a great successor, that would continue the great work of Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting, who have left so many legacy around, especially in terms of changing the MCA constitution to limit the number of years of MCA leaders serving the party.

Do check out Ng Kian Nam's blog too. Kian Nam was the Press Secretary of Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting previously when he was Minister of Housing & Local Government.

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