Johor MCA liaison committee deputy chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong announced that he will contest the deputy president’s post in the party election in November.

JOHOR BARU: Johor MCA liaison committee deputy chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong announced that he will contest the deputy president’s post in the party election in November.

Tee, the former Pulai Sebatang assemblyman, said he decided to contest the post after receiving support from grassroots leaders who said that he was the right man for the job.

“I would like to stress that my intention to contest is not to get any reward but to contribute in the party’s rebuilding process by using my experience in both the party and government administration,” said Tee, a former Johor Exco member.

Speaking to the media after lunch with Johor MCA division leaders, Tee said he has contacted 24 of the 26 MCA divisions in Johor to inform them of his decision.

“Leaders from 21 of the party divisions in Johor are present here today and have voiced their support for me. I hope other divisions in the country would give me the opportunity to serve the party,” said Tee.

He said with his 35 years’ experience in the party at various levels as well as 28 years in government, he was confident that he could help in MCA’s reform and revival.

“I will go on a nationwide road tour to meet with all party members. I have already met with members in Melaka and Negri Sembilan and so far, their response to my candidacy has been very positive,” said Tee.

Tee is the first leader to announce his candidacy for the deputy president’s post.

Incumbent deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong had offered to contest for the presidency of MCA while former MCA vice-president Gan Ping Sieu has also announced his decision to contest for the top post.