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Chua Soi Lek Elected As The Deputy President Of The MCA

Malaysia’s former health minister has made a political comeback less than a year after he resigned in disgrace over a sex scandal.

Chua Soi Lek new deputy president of the Malaysian Chinese AssociationChua Soi Lek was elected as the deputy president of the Malaysian Chinese Association late Saturday, defeating three other contenders for the No. 2 post in the largest political party representing the ethnic Chinese minority.

Chua has pledged to revitalize the party, a key member of the governing coalition that suffered massive losses in March general elections.

“With all party members’ support and cooperation, we now need to reunite and reform the party,” Chua said in a statement.

“Yes, it has not sunk in. But that is because I have always been confident I would win.”

Obviously regaining authority and success has not affected Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s sharp wit.

The new MCA deputy president scored an upset win over a visibly shell-shocked Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan last night against, if not all, a lot of odds.

Chua has a simple answer to why the delay in televising the deputy presidential debate to the 11th hour, the speculation that the outgoing leadership were campaigning for his opponent and the presence of not one but two other challengers the former health minister says were planted to steal his votes came to nought.

“I am a grassroots man. I know the delegates by name and have had strong ties with them over the past four years.”

“Actually, the 3rd and 4th party in the contest were good signs. It showed that they were getting uncomfortable,” he said.

Chua is however, fairly certain that this us-and-them language will die out in the party as he observed that delegates did not vote according to factions.

“People voted according to what is best for the party. There is a combination of the old guard and new blood as some well known names were left out.

“This combination will ensure stability but also that the party will connect with the young. We can now work on consolidation but also seek a new direction.”

His confidence despite about his chances is not baseless.

“After the March 8 elections, I received many calls saying that my son won despite the political tsunami because of my support. A Mandarin magazine polled over 5,000 people and 60% said they would still vote for me.”

Chua stepped down as health minister in January after DVDs mysteriously surfaced showing him having extramarital sex with a woman in a hotel room. Chua has indicated he believes his political rivals conspired against him to make the video and wreck his career.

“I have always said I wanted to continue. Success is not the absence of failure but how you manage it and I did not avoid the issue but took the bull by the horns.”

However, he is not about to go hunting to get his Cabinet position back just yet and will leave that to “the wisdom of the president.”

For now, the former vice-president wants to bury the hatchet and work with his new president Datuk Ong Tee Keat.

“After the general elections and the campaigning for party polls, there were hard feelings and dissatisfaction so it is time to mend the wounds.

“MCA should now be more empathetic and fair. We need to make it more transparent in recruitment and the setting up of branches as well as appointments,” he said of the future.

The Malaysian Chinese Association won only 15 parliamentary seats barely half of its previous 31 seats in the March elections.

The losses were fueled by disillusionment among supporters about the party’s alleged failure to fight for the Chinese minority’s economic and religious rights amid concerns about government policies that some say are racially discriminatory in favor of the majority Malays.

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