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Monday September 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by christina tan
Clearing the air: Dr Chua being interviewed at the Batu Pahat MCA office.
BATU PAHAT: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has explained that he could not exercise his presidential powers to have an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) within seven days of receiving the request on Sept 9 as wanted by his deputy.
He said deputy MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and his supporters had the right to convene the EGM, having fulfilled all the conditions for the meeting.
However, Dr Chua said according to the procedure, the party secretary-general would have to issue a circular for EGM on either Sept 14 or 15 to all central delegates after a request was made.
“The request was received on Sept 9 and with the notice, the EGM would fall on Sept 21 or 22 by calculation. Sept 21 is the Wanita MCA’s division election (and) I will be cursed and sworn at if the EGM is fixed for that day.
“If it is on Sept 22, division leaders will think that I am a brainless president because it is the polling day for division level,” he said at the Batu Pahat MCA office here yesterday.
Liow and 13 other party leaders are calling for an EGM after the party central committee lifted the suspension of Johor executive councillor Tee Siew Kiong as it was convinced that Tee’s appointment was by royal command (of the Johor Sultan), and not through party recommendation.
Dr Chua said should many division members win uncontested or new delegates created following nomination at divisional level today, they had the right to challenge the legality of the EGM.
“I feel that Liow is insulting the political maturity of central delegates,” he said, adding that central delegates were usually quite senior members in the party at the division level.
“And they will clearly see that this is an attempt by Liow to cause confusion and trigger a crisis in the party,” he added.
“I am not exercising this power because I love the party more than I love Liow. Why is he so keen on triggering a party crisis? Liow loves the president’s position more than he loves the party.
“If he loves the party, he should not request for an EGM during this transition period which could trigger a crisis,” he said.
Dr Chua also claimed that Liow and his supporters had been attacking him non-stop and damaging the party’s image after the last general election.
“However, you notice that my supporters and I hardly respond because we believe that after the 505 (polls), MCA should not wash its dirty linen in public. My patience also has its limit. Do not bully the president,” he said.
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