Chua Soi Lek


Chua Soi Lek
Yang Berbahagia Datuk Seri Dr.
Chua Soi Lek
蔡细历
9th President of Malaysian Chinese Association
Incumbent
Assumed office
28 March 2010
Deputy Liow Tiong Lai
Preceded by Ong Tee Keat
Minister of Health of Malaysia
In office
24 March 2004 – 2 January 2008
Preceded by Chua Jui Meng
Succeeded by Ong Ka Ting (acting)
Liow Tiong Lai
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Labis
In office
28 March 2004 – 2 January 2008
Preceded by Ling Liong Sik
Succeeded by Chua Tee Yong[1]
Personal details
Born 2 January 1947 (1947-01-02) (age 64)
Batu Pahat, Johor,
Malaysia Malayan Union, British Malaya
Political party Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) part of Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Wong Sek Hin
Children Chua Tee Yong
Occupation Psychiatrist
Website Chua Soi Lek: Change to Move forward

Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek (simplified Chinese: 蔡细历; traditional Chinese: 蔡細歷; pinyin: Cài​ Xì​​lì​; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chuà Soè-li̍k); born 2 January 1947, also known as Chua Kin Seng, is a Malaysian politician from the state of Johor. He is married to Datin Seri Wong Sek Hin. They have three children. He is the President of the Malaysian Chinese Association.

He was trained in psychology and practiced psychiatry before entering politics through his involvement with the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA). He held the post of Minister of Health from 2004 until 2008.

Chua set up his medical practice in 1977 after serving as a medical officer at the Batu Pahat Hospital. He sold the clinic in 1990 to pursue a full-time career in politics with MCA.

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Political career

He was first elected as a state assemblyman for Penggaram, Johor on MCA's ticket in 1986. He continued to serve Penggaram for 18 years through four consecutive state elections. Later, he became a state executive councilor. In the 2004 general election, he contested for the Labis parliamentary seat under the Barisan Nasional coalition and claimed victory. The then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi appointed Chua into the Malaysian cabinet as the Minister of Health following that victory.

He held several prominent posts throughout his later career. He was the Member of Parliament for Labis, a MCA vice-president, Johor MCA state liaison committee chairman as well as Batu Pahat MCA division chairman until he resigned from all public and political offices on January 2, 2008 due to the eruption of a sensational sex scandal.[2]

Sex scandal

On January 1, 2008, Chua admitted that he was the person featured in a sensational sex DVD that was widely being circulated in Johor. The two DVDs were distributed anonymously in Muar and other towns in Johor show Dr Chua having sex with a young woman, described by him as a "personal friend." The DVDs are believed to be wireless hidden camera recordings in a hotel suite.[3]

He claimed no involvement in the filming or production of the DVD in question.[4] On January 2, 2008, he formally announced his resignation from all posts including Member of Parliament for Labis, vice presidency of MCA, and Minister of Health at a press conference.[5]

Chua later remarked his downfall was due to his dedication to his work as Health Minister and MCA Vice-President, which caused his political rivals to grow suspicious of him.[6]

MCA deputy presidency

In the 2008 general elections, MCA won only 19 parliamentary seats out of 40 they contested. Some grassroots leaders and former top leaders including Dr Chua, demanded the President, Ong Ka Ting, step down to take responsibility.

He returned to active politics in the second half of 2008 and won the Batu Pahat Division Chairman post uncontested. Then he contested the MCA deputy presidency, defeating Ong Ka Chuan, Donald Lim and Lee Hak Teik in a four-cornered fight.[7]

Despite that, Dr Chua was only appointed chairman of the Government Policy Monitoring bureau and left out of the MCA leadership in Johor by Tee Keat. This was seen as a move to isolate Dr Chua politically.[8] Eventually, Chua was expelled from the party in August 2009 by the MCA Disciplinary Committee for his sex scandal.[9]

2009 Extraordinary General Meeting

In 2009, Chua Soi Lek's supporters sparked an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to challenge Ong Tee Keat's Presidency and reinstitate Dr Chua as a member and deputy president.

The EGM was held on 10 October, where a number of resolutions were made challenging Chua Soi Lek's removal from MCA and his sacking as deputy president of MCA.[10] A vote of no confidence against Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat passed by 14 votes.[11] In the other resolution, Dr Chua's expulsion was overturned.[12] Ong and Chua both refused to resign, and united under a "greater unity plan," putting their differences aside temporarily. However, some central committee members, led by Liow Tiong Lai, previously aligned with Ong, demanded fresh elections.

MCA presidency

In early March 2010, Chua and his supporters in the central committee (CC), joined other CCs led by Liow Tiong Lai, in resigning. With the resignation of two-thirds of the central committee, fresh elections were to be held per the party constitution. Chua contested the presidency against incumbent Ong Tee Keat and former president Ong Ka Ting. In the three-cornered fight, Chua emerged victorious while incumbent Tee Keat finished in third place.[13] Since becoming president, Chua has focused on rebuilding the appearance of unity within MCA after a year of public infighting.[14]

References

  1. ^ Soi Lek's son silences critics
  2. ^ "Chua – highly experienced". 2008-01-01. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/1/2/nation/19897373&sec=nation. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Videos killed the political stars". Malaysian Insider. 2008-02-17. http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/malaysia/article/Videos-killed-the-political-stars/. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  4. ^ "I am the one in the sex DVD, says Chua". 2008-01-01. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/1/1/nation/20080101161931&sec=nation. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  5. ^ "Chua resigns after sex scandal". 2008-01-02. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/1/2/nation/20080102155121&sec=nation&focus=1. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  6. ^ "Chua blames downfall on hard work". 2008-01-04. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/1/4/nation/19913859&sec=nation&focus=1. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  7. ^ Chua Soi Lek Elected As The Deputy President Of The MCA Warkah. Oct. 19, 2008
  8. ^ Pakatan Rakyat courts Chua Soi Lek The Nut Graph. April 30, 2009
  9. ^ Soi Lek expelled Malaysiakini. Aug. 26, 2009
  10. ^ "MCA EGM: Delegates make dramatic decisions (Update 8)". TheStar Online. 2008-10-10. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/10/10/nation/20091010083515&sec=nation. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  11. ^ "Losers all". News Straits Times. 2008-10-10. http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/articles/20091010100336/Article/index_html. Retrieved 2009-10-10. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Suspended Chua Soi Lek back as member of MCA". AsiaOne. 2008-10-10. http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20091010-172908.html. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  13. ^ http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=486037
  14. ^ Soi Lek names appointees, urges members to unite mysinchew.com April 7, 2010

External links

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