February 21, 2008
MCA deputy president Chan Kong Choy is expected to call a press conference this afternoon to announce his decision not to contest the 12th general election.
There has been wide speculation that Chan, who is also transport minister, may quit active politics due to health reasons.
The ruling BN coalition has yesterday finalised its list of candidates, and it is learnt that Chan’s name is not on it.
It is expected that Chan’s seat of Selayang in Selangor would now be contested by his political secretary, Yoo Wei How, who is the party’s Youth organising secretary.
MCA leader Ong Ka Ting is expected to announce the full MCA line-up for the March 8 general election at 5pm today.
Chan has been embroiled in the Port Klang Free Zone scandal last year where the mega-project was eventually bailed out to the tune of RM4.6 billion by the government.
Last September, in the midst of the scandal, he was reported to have sought medical treatment in Australia.
At that time, there were rumours that he was about to quit his ministerial post but this was quashed by Chan on his return to Kuala Lumpur.
It is believed that he came under pressure from MCA chief Ong Ka Ting to step down.