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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said it is up to MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong to decide on his own future in the party.
“I cannot comment on anybody’s decision,” said the MCA president.
He said this in response to Dr Wee’s remark that he would seriously consider pulling out of the party polls in December if Dr Chua sought re-election as party president.
When pointed out that Dr Wee’s move depended on his decision on whether to seek a re-election, Dr Chua said: “No, I will make my decision in the best interest of the party.”
Asked what his decision was, the party president said: “When the time comes, I will tell you.”
Dr Chua had on May 6 announced that he would not seek a re-election in the party polls.
On Wednesday, Dr Wee said he would consider not contesting for any post if Dr Chua sought re-election for the president’s post.
On another matter, Dr Chua said the resolution to censure deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in Sunday’s extraordinary general meeting (EGM) was not personal and the only “winner” from this was the party.
“It is not out of vengeance. This resolution is not meant to blame Liow for the party’s poor performance in the general election,” he said during a press conference at Wisma MCA here yesterday.
However, Dr Chua said Liow, as chairman of the general election preparation committee, had only visited “not more than 10” out of the 127 parliamentary and state constituencies that the MCA contested in.
He said the resolution would send a strong message to future MCA leaders to take their duties responsibly.
“If the resolution is passed, nobody is a winner. The only winner is the MCA. Not Chua Soi Lek,” he said.
On the three other resolutions relating to accepting government posts, he urged the delegates to support the move to enable the MCA to offer its services to the local community.
On former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat saying that he would contest for the presidency if it was a straight fight, Dr Chua said Ong had the right to contest for any post.
Twenty central committee members petitioned for an EGM to censure Liow last month for reasons including his refusal to accept the party’s collective decisions and failure in his duty as chairman of the general election preparation committee.
Three other resolutions are to revoke the party’s decisions concerning the acceptance of government posts.
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