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3-cornered-fightKUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 26 – It is confirmed that the MCA presidency will see a three-cornered fight following the announcement by vice president Gan Ping Sieu,47, who is representing the president Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek’s faction, to contest against two other candidates, deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, 52, and the ‘lone ranger’ Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, 57 in the upcoming party election next month. According to reliable sources, this also confirmed that Dr Chua is not seeking re-election as party President. For the post of deputy president, former party youth leader Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, 45, from Liow’s camp will be in for a straight fight with vice-president, Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai, 58, who is said to be aligned to Dr. Chua. There are 2,385 delegates for the coming party election next month. After the October 20 EGM, party veterans observed that Chua’s faction enjoys the support of about 900 delegates; Liow’s camp has about 700 votes at its disposal. Most importantly, the veterans said, there are about 700 “independent-minded delegates”. Going by that analysis, in the three-cornered fight for party presidency, Liow and Gan stand a better chance than Tee Keat. On the presumption that Liow is more popular and senior than Gan, a lawyer, the former Health Minister may emerge the winner next month. For deputy president post, going by candidate’s popularity, observers are of the view that Wee Ka Siong, MP for Ayer Hitam, is set to defeat Donald Lim. If that presumption hold true, according to observers, Liow’s camp may win both No.1 and No.2 posts.

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