Chua Soi Lek
|Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dr.
Chua Soi Lek
|9th President of Malaysian Chinese Association|
28 March 2010 – 21 December 2013
|Preceded by||Ong Tee Keat|
|Succeeded by||Liow Tiong Lai|
|Minister of Health of Malaysia|
24 March 2004 – 2 January 2008
|Prime Minister||Abdullah Badawi|
|Preceded by||Chua Jui Meng|
|Succeeded by||Ong Ka Ting (acting)
Liow Tiong Lai
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament
28 March 2004 – 2 January 2008
|Preceded by||Ling Liong Sik|
|Succeeded by||Chua Tee Yong|
2 January 1947 |
Batu Pahat, Johor,
Malayan Union, British Malaya
|Political party||Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) part of Barisan Nasional|
|Spouse(s)||Wong Sek Hin|
|Children||Chua Tee Yong|
Tan Sri Dr. Chua Soi Lek (simplified Chinese: 蔡细历; traditional Chinese: 蔡細歷; pinyin: Cài Xìlì; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chuà Soè-li̍k); born 2 January 1947, also known as Chua Kin Seng, is a Chinese Malaysian politician from the state of Johor. He is married to Datin Seri Wong Sek Hin. They have three children. He is the 9th President of the Malaysian Chinese Association.
He was trained in psychology and practised 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.
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 councillor. 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 2 January 2008 due to the eruption of a sensational sex scandal.
On 1 January 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.
He claimed no involvement in the filming or production of the DVD in question. On 2 January 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.
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.
MCA deputy presidency
In the 2008 general elections, MCA won only 15 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.
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. Eventually, Chua was expelled from the party in August 2009 by the MCA Disciplinary Committee for his sex scandal.
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. A vote of no confidence against Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat passed by 14 votes. In the other resolution, Dr Chua's expulsion was overturned. 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.
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. After becoming president, Chua focused on rebuilding the appearance of unity within MCA after a year of public infighting.
In February 2012, Chua Soi Lek broke from Malaysian political norms by having a public debate with Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang. The first debate continued with another public debate, labelled as Debate 2.0, that was held on 8 July 2012. Both debates generated tremendous public and media interest.
MCA poor performance in 13th general election
In the Malaysian general election, 2013 MCA only won 7 of the 37 federal seats and 11 of the 90 state seats it contested. In the general election in 2008, it won 15 parliamentary and 32 state seats. Chua said MCA remained adamant in not accepting any government post at both state and federal level, following its dismal performance in the just-concluded 13th General Election. The poor performance in the election led to calls for Chua's resignation. Chua did not enter the following party poll for President, and in December 2013, Liow Tiong Lai was elected the President of MCA.
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- "Chua resigns after sex scandal". 2 January 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2008.
- "Chua blames downfall on hard work". 4 January 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
- Chua Soi Lek Elected As The Deputy President Of The MCA Warkah. 19 October 2008
- Pakatan Rakyat courts Chua Soi Lek The Nut Graph. 30 April 2009
- Soi Lek expelled Malaysiakini. 26 August 2009
- "MCA EGM: Delegates make dramatic decisions (Update 8)". TheStar Online. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2009.
- "Losers all". News Straits Times. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2009.[dead link]
- "Suspended Chua Soi Lek back as member of MCA". AsiaOne. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2009.
- Soi Lek names appointees, urges members to unite mysinchew.com 7 April 2010
- MCA adamant in declining government posts – Soi Lek
- MCA presidential council meets over party's performance in GE13
- Boo Su-Lyn (10 May 2013). "MCA elders call for Soi Lek’s head to roll". The Malaysian Insider.
- Lester Kong (21 December 2013). "Malaysia's former health minister Liow Tiong Lai is new MCA president". The Straits Times.
- Leven Woon (13 December 2013). "How will Chua Soi Lek be remembered?". Free Malaysia Today.