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by beh yuen hui
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek (pic) has outlined several reasons why his deputy Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai is unfit to helm the party, saying he is weak and indecisive.
Liow is not a fighter, tends to avoid major issues and is easily influenced by people outside the party, he said.
Dr Chua said he took responsibility for the massive losses of MCA in the general election and would not defend the president’s post but said Liow – who had complained that Dr Chua had bullied him – was not the right man to take over.
“How can he be bullied? He is a YB and a potential minister.
“If he cannot even handle me, how can he handle the more aggressive DAP, PAS, PKR and some Umno leaders?” he told a press conference at Wisma MCA yesterday, adding that Liow would turn MCA into another Gerakan.
“I am willing to go but Liow must leave with me because he is not the right man to lead MCA in this challenging political situation,” he said.
Dr Chua refused to reveal his next move if Liow did not accept the proposal, saying this was also a test whether his deputy “loves the party more than the president post” like himself.
He said it was time for the party to rejuvenate and bring in young, dedicated and capable leaders who had vision and guts.
“As a responsible leader, I have the responsibility to make sure the party is handed over to those who are reliable, have good leadership quality and are dedicated,” said Dr Chua.
He named some young members who he felt had shown leadership quality. They include Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, Gan Ping Sieu, Datuk Gan Tian Loo, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, Datuk Chua Tee Yong, Datuk Koh Nai Kwong, Jason Teoh Sew Hock, Datuk Chew Yin Keen, Datuk Dr Lee Hong Tee, Tay Puay Chuan, Ling Hee Keat, Ng Miao Hia, Tan Gim Tuan, Wong You Fong, Lee Ching Yong and Tan Kok Eng.
Dr Chua said he wanted to see a good handover in the party, adding that secretary-general Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha and treasurer-general Datuk Seri Tan Chai Ho had also told him of their willingness to step down.
On the party’s extraordinary general meeting (EGM), to be held on Oct 20, Dr Chua said the resolution to censure Liow was nothing personal.
He added that Liow should be censured for failing in his duty as chairman of the General Election preparatory committee.
For example, he said, Liow visited fewer than 10 of the 127 constituencies contested by the party.
“We want to send a clear message to all senior leaders that if they are appointed to certain positions, we expect them to perform,” said Dr Chua.
He said passing the resolution could also remind the leaders that they should be able to control their supporters.
“The party election is not an opportunity for their followers to wash dirty linen in public or wage a media war against their own comrades,” he said.
Dr Chua urged the central delegates to attend the EGM and vote for all resolutions, as it was important for the future of the party.
Resolutions Two, Three and Four are to revoke the party’s collective decisions concerning the acceptance of government posts.
Dr Chua said the re-appointment of state executive councillors, local councillors and community leaders in Barisan Nasional-ruled states would happen by year-end. “If we do not revoke this resolution, we will have no names to submit by then.
“So we cannot wait until the AGM at the end of December, because by then it will be too late for MCA,” he said, adding that it would be difficult for MCA to get back these positions once the appointments were filled up.
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