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Datuk Tee Siew Kiong
KUALA LUMPUR: Fourteen MCA central committee members have requested for an emergency general assembly to reinstate the suspension of Datuk Tee Siew Kiong’s membership.
A letter on the move and addressed to secretary-general Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha was handed over to the party’s chief administrative director Lim Chin Hai at Wisma MCA here yesterday.
The group, comprising one-third of the total number of CC members, hoped for the EGM be held soonest possible in view of the party divisional elections, which start on Sept 22.
Deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek had the power to call for the EGM within seven days.
“The EGM will not affect the party election because there will only be one resolution – which is to reinstate Tee’s three-year suspension,” said Liow.
The resolution reads: “That the CC’s decision on Sept 5 in lifting the suspension of Tee Siew Kiong is in contravention with the party’s resolution passed at the General Assembly on Oct 2, 2011 and that the suspension of Tee shall be reinstated.”
Liow said: “There is nothing personal. We are just upholding MCA’s discipline, constitution and AGM resolutions.”
He added that the group acted on feedback from the grassroots.
Last Thursday, the party lifted the suspension of Tee, who is Pulai Sebatang assemblyman, after he produced a letter from the Johor Sultan stating that his appointment as a state exco member was based on the Sultan’s choice.
Liow said the appointment was against the decision of the party not to accept government posts after MCA fared worse in the 13th general election than the one in 2008
The 14 CC members are Liow, vice-president Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung, Youth chief Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, Wanita chief Datuk Yu Chok Tow, deputy secretary-general Dr Hou Kok Chung, Datuk Wee Jeck Seng, Datuk Toh Chin Yaw, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Datuk Chuah Poh Kiang, Datuk Hoh Khai Mun, Datuk Paul Kong Sing Chu, Datuk Wyman Yoo Wei How, Lee Wei Kiat and Tan Cheng Liang.
Meanwhile, Kong said the decision to lift Tee’s suspension was based on the procedures for disciplinary cases as provided for by the party constitution.
He added that the disciplinary board headed by Tan Sri Michael Chen was present when the CC discussed Tee’s appeal against the suspension.
“The majority of the CC voted to lift the suspension,” he said.
Kong pointed out that CC members who voted against the lifting of the suspension were those who requested for the EGM.
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