Malaysia

Tee Keat confirms will recontest Pandan under BN

By Clara Chooi
March 16, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — Former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has revealed that he will recontest his Pandan parliamentary seat on a Barisan Nasional (BN) ticket.

The former MCA president told The Malay Mail yesterday that he has no plans to leave the ruling pact as his key concern was the welfare of his constituents.

Ong says he is not jumping ship. — File picOng says he is not jumping ship. — File picBut despite this, the Pandan MP did not confirm if he would represent the MCA or another BN component party in the coming polls.

“I am not jumping ship. What ship is there for me to jump into?

“I will remain with BN,” he was quoted as saying in the English daily.

“If I move elsewhere, how will I be able to help those in need? It’s best I stay where I am and keep working for the people.

“I started my career as an MP in Pandan and have been here since 1989. I will remain loyal to the people in my constituency.”

Ong has been at loggerheads with the current MCA leadership under Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek since the latter won his presidency bid during fractious party polls in 2010.

Ong, a former transport minister, was even rumoured likely to leave the MCA to join the opposition ranks but he has repeatedly dismissed this.

The speculation was fuelled further when Ong even reportedly said recently that he would defend his seat even if the MCA drops him as a candidate.

In January, Dr Chua issued an ultimatum to his predecessor — “submit to BN” to stay in Pandan.

Ong is said to be popular among his Pandan constituents and is viewed as among the few in the MCA who stands a strong chance to win in the coming polls.