Another blow to MCA's deputy president
By : Anis Ibrahim
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JOHOR BARU: MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has almost become a non-entity in a state that he headed just 10 months ago.
His name was not in a state line-up announced by party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat yesterday, another blow to the party's No. 2.
This leaves Dr Chua with just his position as Batu Pahat MCA division chairman, which he has held for 23 years.
At the state-level, he is chairman of the party's newly-formed government policy monitoring bureau.
Ong, who took over as Johor liaison committee chairman recently, also named the state bureau chairmen and deputy chairmen at the Johor MCA headquarters.
Present were Bekok assemblyman Tan Kok Hong and Paloh assemblyman Hoo Seong Chang, whom Ong appointed as deputy state liaison chairman and honorary secretary respectively.
In January, Tan was made acting state MCA liaison committee chairman after Dr Chua's resignation from public and political offices over a sex video.
A former health minister and Labis member of parliament, Dr Chua made a surprise comeback into politics when he won the deputy presidency at the party elections last month.
It is an open secret that Ong and Dr Chua do not see eye to eye on most matters.
Ong, however, did not elaborate on the line-up at the press conference.
When asked about Dr Chua's recent statements on the "ketuanan Melayu" Malay supremacy) issue, Ong said those were not the views of the party.
"Unless a statement is made by the party's information bureau, a person's opinions do not represent the party's.
"This applies to every MCA member," Ong said.
At a recent event, Dr Chua had said that concept of Malay supremacy was "irrelevant" and that it had been rejected by today's youth.