MCA No Hurry To Decide Fate Of Minister

PENANG: The MCA is in no hurry to decide the fate of its minister and two deputy ministers who had lost in the party election last month, said party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

Ong, who called on every party member to be patient, said the time will come for him to announce the positions which included the secretary-general and state liaison chiefs.

"I will announce the party leadership line up after the central committee meeting on Tuesday (11 Nov)," he told reporters after officiating the Fourth Penang South-West Regional Primary school Chinese Speech-giving competition in Balik Pulau, here Saturday (8 Nov).

He said he had met Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after the party poll but it was not to discuss the Cabinet reshuffle.

Former Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek won the deputy presidents post, which was also contested by Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan.

Kah Chuans positions as MCA secretary-general and Housing and Local Government Minister remained uncertain following his defeat.

The two deputy ministers are Deputy Home Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung and Deputy Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Teng Boon Soon who lost the contest for the for vice-president and Central Committee member respectively.

Meanwhile, Ong, who is also the Transport Minister, hoped that the school management committees would be able to get their own funds to finance their respective schools.

"We are not relying on certain sources to get the fund, instead the schools can get their funds from the Finance Minister, Education Minister, and state government," he said. (Bernama)

MySinchew 2008.11.08