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Monday October 7, 2013 MYT 6:58:28 AM
KOTA KINABALU: A special extraordinary general meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party saw over 60% of the party’s 761 delegates endorsing the faction of sacked deputy president Senator Datuk Chin Su Phin to lead the party.
The 468 delegates, who turned up for the EGM yesterday, also endorsed the removal of embattled party president Datuk V.K. Liew who sacked Chin and nearly 27 of the 35 supreme council members in a series of moves since late August to stave off any challenge to his leadership.
In an immediate response, Liew declared that the EGM was illegal because it was neither sanctioned by the party supreme council nor the headquarters and therefore all resolution adopted were also illegal.
The delegates at the EGM had approved eight resolutions. These included overturning all the arbitrary sackings and suspensions of supreme council members as well as all new appointments made by Liew.
State Special Affairs Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang, who was sacked by Liew as the party secretary-general, said the 61.5% turnout of the party’s legal delegates was a clear signal to Liew and his faction to accept the voice of the majority.
“It is obvious from the results that Liew Vui Keong has lost the support of the majority.
“This EGM is the turning point as all uncertainties have been made clear. I urge Liew’s faction to face the political reality,” he said.
Teo admitted that they have been approached by senior Barisan Nasional leaders to work out a compromise.
“It is too early to comment on it,” Teo said.
Both groups are also scheduled to hold their “respective” party annual general meeting. Liew’s group will be holding it on Oct 20 in Sandakan while Chin’s faction will be holding it in Kota Kinabalu.
It is understood that the Registrar of Societies has started to investigate LDP’s internal problems and interview all the leaders involved.
Meanwhile, Liew said that the EGM with its resolutions were illegal and he has informed Barisan Nasional headquarters about it.
“I have been informed by the BN headquarters that it will not recognise it (the meeting). To do so will set a bad precedence. It fails to follow the party’s constitution,” he told Bernama when asked to comment on the EGM.
Liew, a former deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Depart-ment who lost his Sandakan MP seat in the 13th general election in May welcomed the recent statement by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who wanted the LDP internal problems to be resolved soon in the interest of preserving harmony in the Barisan Nasional coalition.
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