Thursday, August 18, 2005

Chua Jui Meng or Ong Ka Ting?

So the fight for the MCA leadership is on.

On the left we have the challenger Datuk Chua Jui Meng. Serving 15 years as a vice-president of MCA and a former health minister, he will be facing his toughest obstacle yet in wrestling the MCA presidency from Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.

On the right is the incumbant Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, currently housing & local government minister, a former VP who was conveniently picked as the one to replace Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik as part of the MCA peace plan. Ong formerly served as a deputy minister in the home ministry.

Who will survive?

Today on the Sun there is a report on Chua firing some salvos at Ong, comparing Ong's 3-page statement to his 20-page manifesto. It's a good read so go take a look. More interesting is the Star chose not to report the press conference- even the New Straits Times briefly mentioned the press conference.

The odds are heavily stacked against Chua. Come this weekend, will we see the confirmed end of Chua Jui Meng or the resurrection of his political career?

Will he make it to the top?