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Malaysia GE13: Sabah MCA tells Chua Soi Lek to quit

Published on May 7, 2013 10:05 PM

KUALA LUMPUR - Sabah's Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) has called on party president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek to resign after the party's worst-ever performance in the 13th general election.

The MCA won just seven out of 37 federal seats, less than half of the 15 federal seats that it had took in Election 2008, Malaysian Insider reported on Tuesday.

"Chua Soi Lek is thus no longer suitable to lead MCA," the news website quoted Sabah MCA secretary Kelvin Lim as saying in a statement.

"If he continues to lead, MCA will end up in 'Holland' (as good as dead)," he added.

Mr Lim pointed out that former MCA president Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting had resigned after the MCA won just 15 federal and 31 state seats in Election 2008.

Dr Chua recently said that he would not defend his post in the MCA's party elections this year, according to the report.

He also said that the MCA would not take any government post, pointing out that he had pledged before Sunday's polls that the party would not do so if it failed to improve its 2008 performance.

"Now that MCA only managed to retain seven parliament and 11 state constituencies, should Chua Soi Lek unashamedly stay on until the next party election?" asked Mr Lim.