Saturday, March 13, 2010

Can Ong Ka Ting make a complete political comeback?

Do you think that former MCA President Ong Ka Ting can save MCA?

Former MCA deputy president Lim Ah Lek said former MCA President Ong Ka Ting is the only one that can save the MCA from disaster.

He said, Ka Ting's leadership is needed to reunite leaders and grassroots members and to “restore democracy and rule of law within the party”. He said the three existing leaders - Tee Keat, Chua and Liow - have proven their inability to unite the party following the EGM.

He also lambasted both Tee Keat and Chua for not respecting the decisions of the EGM, which is the party's highest decision-making body.

Ong Ka Ting is the former protégé of Lim's bitter rival, ex-party president Ling Liong Sik. Ling and Lim were both engaged in a protracted power struggle in MCA 10 years ago, which saw the party splitting into two factions - Team A led Ling and Team B led by Lim.

The Team A-team B rivalry reached breaking point when MCA took over two Chinese newspapers, a move opposed by Team B and many within the Chinese community.

Eventually, then premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad weighed in and brokered a peace deal which saw both Ling and Lim stepping down in 2003 to be replaced by their respective protégés – Ong Ka Ting and Chan Kong Choy.

Over the past few days, close to 33 MCA divisions have urged Ong Ka Ting to make a political comeback. Former foes - Team A and Team B - joining forces to form a formidable fourth faction in the embattled party.

The coming together of Team A and Team B will give Ka Ting and his elder brother, Ka Chuan, more political leverage to deal with the other three factions led respectively by MCA chief Ong Tee Keat, deputy chief Dr Chua Soi Lek and Vice-president Liow Tiong Lai.

One solution is the much speculated 'Chua-Liow-Ong brothers' peace formula which could overcome the leadership impasse without the party having to go through a bitter contest.

The questions arise: Can Ong Ka Ting make a complete political comeback? Do you really think that he can save MCA?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ong dynasty?