Former transport minister Ong Tee Keat has quit MCA, after more than 30 years as a member and having served as its eighth president.
In a text message to Malaysiakini, Ong confirmed his resignation, which was first reported by China Press.
However, Ong remained coy on the reasons behind his decision and said he did not even make any announcement on the matter.
“Needless to have any statement, for I am merely a small fry,” he told Malaysiakini today.
According to China Press, Ong’s decision to quit the party has been effective since Jan 2.
He said he felt he was no longer suitable to stay in the party and decided to leave.
“With effect from Jan 2 this year, I’m no longer an MCA member. I feel not suitable to stay.”
He also said he didn’t plan to join any other party and would concentrate on his cultural and business work, as well as write a book.
“I didn’t announce my decision to quit. I want to be a normal citizen.
“I’m not suitable for political games. I have been in politics for 36 years since 1981,” Ong is quoted as saying in China Press.
He also hinted that there are quarters who did not want him to contest in the next general election and this had further fuelled his decision to leave the party.
Ong was a five-term MP for the former Ampang Jaya parliamentary seat, from 1989 to 2013.
He was appointed as transport minister in 2008 under Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration but lost the post two years later.
This came after a crisis in MCA, which also saw Ong lose the party president’s post to Dr Chua Soi Lek.
Barisan Nasional left Ong out of its candidates list for the 13th general election and he eventually lost his seat, which was renamed as Pandan, to PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.