MCA to hold party polls this year, GE14 post-mortem before that

Ida Lim
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur May 19, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — MCA will be having its party elections this year and will get its final post-mortem on its performance in the GE14 ready before the internal polls, its president said today.

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the party elections steering committee that was formed today and chaired by party secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan will decide on the polling date.

“The party elections steering committee will conduct party elections and complete party elections within this year.

“Under the party constitution, we have to initiate the party elections immediately after the general elections. So this is in line with the party constitution and we will abide by the party constitution,” he told reporters after chairing the party’s central committee meeting here.

Liow also announced the formation of a reform committee chaired by party deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, which he said would conduct a study to collect views from party members and the public on making MCA a multiracial party.

He said there will be a brainstorming session by MCA on its GE14 results before its final post-mortem report is completed.

“The reform committee will conduct the study, they have to submit to the general assembly.

“The (post-mortem) report will have to be submitted to the MCA general-assembly as soon as possible, maybe before the end of the year.

“But the preliminary post-mortem report is ready, but we are waiting for the brainstorming session to be completed before we can table it in the general assembly,” he said, confirming the report will be ready before party elections.

The reform committee will include the party’s youth wing, women wing, organising bureau, publicity bureau, political education bureau and MCA think-tank INSAP.

In the GE14 where BN lost power for the first time, the MCA also had its worst-ever electoral performance when it won only one federal seat and two state seats.

MCA previously won seven federal seats and 11 state seats in Election 2013, and won 15 federal seats and 32 state seats in Election 2008.

Following MCA’s record low at the national polls, Liow had recently said he will not seek reelection as MCA chief.