KUALA LUMPUR: It is a clear sign that MCA's grassroots members are looking for new leadership, says Datuk Seri, Dr. Wee Ka Siong.
Referring to the 65% participation in the party's elections yesterday, the new MCA president said he was satisfied with the spirit of the delegates.
"It's very good," Dr. Wee said after leading his team to an overwhelming victory with vice Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
Dr. Wee was in a three-pronged fight with Gan Ping Sieu and Ngoo Teck Keong.
Dr Mah, meanwhile, locked horns with Datuk Tee Siew Kiong.
The team led by Dr. Wee was nicknamed WeeMah, assuming his last name and that of Dr. Mah.
Gan's team is called GanTee, who, similarly, was a combination of his surname and Tee, his running mate.
The WeeMah team also did a clean sweep for the four vice president posts – Datuk Tan Teik Cheng, Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker, Datuk Lim Ban Hong and Datuk Seri Yew Teong Look.
It was also a cleanup for Team WeeMah for the 25 members of the central committees.
The MCA elections in 188 divisions, with about 32,000 delegates that generated 636 electoral votes, saw a participation of more than 65%.
A total of 68 candidates went to the 31 seats – president, vice president, four vice presidents and 25 members of the central committee.
MCA holds elections every three years.
The party's constitution, however, allows for elections to be postponed so that the party focuses on the general election.
The last party elections took place in December 2013.
President-in-Office Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai did not seek re-election, taking responsibility for MCA's poor performance in the 14th General Election.
The 69-year-old MCA won only one seat and two seats in the 129-seat state – the worst out of its history.
GE14 also saw Barisan Nasional, in which MCA is a party component, lost federal power for the first time since independence.
Dr. Wee, who is Ayer Hitam MP, is the only MCA parliamentarian.
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