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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 – Former Housing And Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, the MP for Tanjung Malim, is poised to become the MCA’s secretary-general for the second time.
Sources said this appointment will be announced by the new president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai after the first Central Committee meeting scheduled for January 2, 2014.
Ka Chuan, 58, previously held the post between 2005 to 2009 when his younger brother Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting was the party’s president. He was removed by the succeeding MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat in 2009.
If the party which has seven MPs were to be given three ministerial posts by PM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Ka Chuan as the third highest ranking leader will also be recommended for a abinet post. The first two ministerial posts will go to the president and deputy president respectively. MIC which has four Parliamentary seats is given two ministerial and two deputy ministers’ post.
Sources said it is “out of question” that MCA would be given four Cabinet posts this year.
Next Thursday Liow is also expected to appoint the MCA Chairman of Teluk Intan Division, Datuk Kuan Peng Soon, a successful businessman, as the new treasurer-general, replacing Datuk Seri Tan Chai Ho.
It is learnt that former MCA Youth vice-chairman Datuk Yoo Wei How, who worked as the political secretary to former Transport Minister Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy, will be appointed the national organizing secretary.
Exercising his power as the party president, Liow may appoint eight members to the CC. Among those who will be appoiinted next week are: Datuk Yew Tiong Look (Wangsa Maju); the current political secretary to PM Wong Nai Chee (Melaka); Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Wee Jack Seng; Chew Kok Ho (Sabah) and Khor Kim Han (Melaka).
Yew Tiong Look may also be appointed the new KL Federal Territory MCA Liaison Chairman, replacing Tan Chai Ho.
Liow will take over the Selangor state while his deputy Datuk Wee Ka Siong may be appointed as the new chairman for Johor MCA. Another important state for the party is Perak and the likely candidates are Ong Ka Chuan or the new vice-president Datuk Lee Chee Leong (former deputy home minister).
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