The two top leaders in the Malaysian Chinese Association have resigned to take the blame for election losses by the ruling coalition. Association president Ong Ka Ting and his deputy, Chan Kong Choy, announced their decision on Monday. 'I have done my best for the Chinese and ... step aside to allow members to elect new leaders,' Mr Ong said. The association is a senior partner in the 14-party National Front coalition, which had its worst ever result in general elections on March 8. Malaysiakini.com Chinese affairs analyst Stanley Koh said: 'The leadership vacuum opens the way for a brutal factional fight for control. It's going to be [a] fiery October.' The association will hold elections that month. Some of its leaders are alarmed and are urging Mr Ong, 52, to stay for at least another year to oversee a smooth transition. The Chinese-based opposition Democratic Action Party picked up the group's poll losses, including Penang, the only Chinese-majority state of the 13 states in Malaysia.