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Staunch support: Liow (centre, in red) being flanked by supporters and fellow party leaders (from left) Yu, Chor and Wee during a press conference.
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, flanked by several party leaders, publicly countered the allegations made against him and criticised party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek for smearing his name.
Liow said he was a victim of character assassination and appealed to delegates to vote wisely at tomorrow’s extraordinary general meeting (EGM).
He insisted that all allegations against him were “false and untrue”, including one which accused him of appealing to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to intervene in the EGM.
“This has caused a lot of confusion among the delegates. I am firm in believing that MCA can handle our own party affairs without outside interference,” he said in a press conference at the party headquarters yesterday.
Liow was flanked by several supporters including party vice-president Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung, Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and Wanita chief Datuk Yu Chok Tow.
Other accusations he denied was that the MCA Transformation Task Force committee, of which he was chairman, had spent RM600,000 on leisure trips to Taiwan and China.
He explained that it had instead used just over RM100,000 to organise seminars and meetings within and outside the country.
“In addition, my visits to all the states as committee chairman were done openly,” he said, denying that he had used his position to criticise Dr Chua.
Liow, who also chaired the general election preparation committee, said that the resolution to censure him for reasons including failing in his duty as committee chairman was a “serious and completely unfounded” accusation.
He refuted Dr Chua’s statement that he had visited not more than 10 out of 127 parliamentary and state constituencies MCA had contested in.
“I can’t remember how many I visited, but it is definitely more than 10 because there are already more than 10 constituencies within Pahang itself,” he said, adding that he had visited many other constituencies.
Liow said that he had served in MCA for over 31 years from the grassroots level before working his way up to hold national posts within the party and Government, and was also elected MP for four terms.
“I have done my duties with dedication. Step by step, I have done my best for the party and country.
“I am a principled leader who prioritises the interests of the party and country,” he said, adding that Dr Chua had smeared his name in personal attacks during several closed-door assemblies as well as in press conferences.
Regarding Resolutions Two, Three and Four to revoke the party’s decision on the acceptance of Government posts, Liow advised delegates to either vote in acceptance or rejection of all three, so confusion would not occur later.
Chor also spoke out in defence of Liow, saying that it was unfair that he would not be given an opportunity to speak at the EGM to address the allegations against him.
He said Resolution One to censure Liow had also been drafted in a manner which was too vague as it did not specify how he had failed in his duty as committee chairman.
“If there is an accusation crafted into the resolution, the person who is the aggrieved party should have an opportunity to be heard.
“That is part and parcel of justice, so it is pretty unfair,” he said, referring to the MCA central committee’s decision that delegates would not be allowed to debate during the EGM.
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