Saturday, July 18, 2009

Chua Jui Meng joined Parti KeAdilan Rakyat

Former MCA vice-president Chua Jui Meng quits MCA and joining the opposition PKR.

Chua Jui Meng

Chua was accompanied by former MCA senator David Yeoh Eng Hock and former Lumut parliamentarian Yap Yit Thong.

The question arises: Can Chua's defection help to regain momentum for the opposition which has been floundering due to internal bickering and a resurgent Barisan Nasional under new Prime Minister Najib Abdul?

Former MCA vice-president Datuk Chua Jui Meng, 64, had contested for the MCA president's post twice and lost to two Ongs - Ong Ka Ting in 2005 and Ong Tee Keat in 2008.

Chua was not picked to defend his Bakri parliamentary seat in the last general elections.

Chua explained that he decided to join PKR because the country's two-coalition political system was being undermined by Umno.

He added that the death of Teoh Beng Hock, the political aide of Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was the “tipping point” in his decision to defect to the opposition.

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