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Thursday September 12, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Thursday September 12, 2013 MYT 7:38:24 AM
by yee xiang yun
JOHOR BARU: Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the issue of lifting his three-year suspension from the MCA is not a matter that warrants an emergency general meeting.
The Pulai Sebatang assemblyman and Johor executive councillor said it would be abuse if an EGM was to be called for the sole reason of discussing whether or not the party should reinstate his suspension.
The party’s central committee (CC) had met on Sept 5 to hear Tee’s appeal against the suspension and ruled that it did not contravene the MCA’s “no government post” resolution that was passed at its general assembly in 2011.
The CC lifted the suspension after it was convinced Tee’s appointment was by royal command (of the Johor Sultan), and not through party recommendation.
Party deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and 13 other party officials are now calling for the EGM to reverse the decision.
Liow and party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek have since said they would consult their lawyers on the matter.
Tee, the MCA national organising secretary before he was suspended after the May 5 general election, said EGMs were held to discuss party reformation and policies and that his “petty matter” did not warrant such a meeting.
He added that he had followed the procedure of submitting an appeal within 14 days after the party’s CC decided to slap him with the suspension following his acceptance of an exco post in Johor after GE13.
“I have done my part and did not expect that they would call for an EGM. My colleagues should understand the rules and purpose of having an EGM better than anyone else,” he said, adding that Liow and his followers should respect the decision made by the party as they were also present at the meeting when the suspension was lifted.
Tee alleged that the move by the 14 officials meant that they were trying to oust Dr Chua as party president.
The group, which makes up a third of the CC members, are reportedly hoping that the EGM could be held ahead of the MCA divisional polls that will begin on Sept 22.
Liow had said that the EGM would be discussing only one topic – which is whether to reinstate Tee’s suspension.
Dr Chua had said the lifting of Tee’s suspension would mean he would be eligible to take part in party elections.
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Politics, Government, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, MCA, suspension, CC, EGM, Liow Tiong Lai
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