However, being the President of MCA whose base is in Johor, I wonder if it is the right move.
Let us take a look at what Dr Chua Soi Lek will be facing. Perak MCA consists of strong leaders who weren't in the same page as Dr Chua before the Party EGM election on 28 March 2010 (328).
Notably, Datuk Lee Chee Leong was with Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and he was frequently seen in campaigns with the former MCA President. (Datuk Lee received support from all 3 camps in the recent election which made him a CC member with the most votes)
Another heavyweight is the popular Perak politician Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, whose support was given to Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting for his Presidential bid in March.
Ka Chuan is currently the MP for Tanjung Malim which is categorized as a safe seat for Barisan Nasional.
Changes of plans on the part of the incumbent could also spark a "misunderstanding" between the camps of the popular Perak politician and the Party President.
With the President holding the baton in Perak, any failure to lead his charges to victory will be used to assess the President's popularity, support and leadership be it the result of a machinery sabotage or a genuine lack of public support.
The situation is quite fragile, I must say. Any wrong move will be disastrous and I hope everyone sticks together for the Party's plans in Perak.
DAP currently has more seats than MCA in Parliament and they certainly have more support from the Chinese as compared to MCA, generally speaking, with or without internal conflicts (an excuse used by MCA for the poor Chinese support in Hulu Selangor).
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang is based in Ipoh Timur together with titans of DAP such as M Kulasegaran in Ipoh Barat and Fong Po Kuan in Batu Gajah ( who is very quiet since 2008 by the way, why? ).
It will be hard for any local MCA leaders to break DAP apart in Perak, but let's leave that aside for now. It is certainly a mammoth task even for Dr Chua Soi Lek, from Johor, to win it big for Perak MCA.
Take a look at the current list of MCA big names in Perak.
- Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek (Former Health Minister, MCA President)
- Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha (Cabinet Minister, MCA Secretary General)
- Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan (MCA Central Committee member, Former Cabinet Minister),
- Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon (MCA Deputy Youth Chief, Perak State Exco)
- Datuk Tan Chin Meng (MCA Central Committee member, Perak MCA Secretary, Special Officer to MB)
- Senator Heng Seai Kie (Wanita MCA Vice Chairman, Deputy Minister)
- Datuk Lee Chee Leong (MCA Central Committee member, Deputy Minister)
Perak MCA lost badly in the 12th General Election. With so many top ranked Party and Government leaders from Perak, I don't know what to say if Perak MCA fails recapture a majority of seats contested in the next election.
Failure is certainly unacceptable.