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Saturday October 19, 2013 MYT 2:01:00 PM
Saturday October 19, 2013 MYT 3:21:16 PM
by foong pek yee AND beh yuen hui
Dr Chua Soi Lek.
KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on Sunday will proceed as scheduled, despite advice from the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to reconsider it.
Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has re-assured the 2, 380-plus central delegates that the EGM, with its four resolutions, has met all the requirements in the party constitution.
The first resolution is to censure deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai for his refusal to accept collective decisions by the party, that his actions had triggered infighting among members and tarnished the party's image, and for not playing his role as the MCA general election preparations committee chairman.
The other three resolutions are to revert an earlier decision by the party not to accept any government posts after a poorer performance in GE13 than GE12.
At a press conference at Wisma MCA on Saturday, Dr Chua said he had on Thursday evening received a letter from the RoS, requesting him to reconsider the resolution to censure Liow, saying that Liow can be referred to the party's disciplinary board instead.
Dr Chua said his reply to RoS Friday evening was that the EGM petitioned by 20 central committee members met all the relevant provisions of the party constitution, and that the party president was not vested with any power to go against the provisions under Article 30.2.
A copy of the reply was forwarded to Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zahid Hamidi.
Dr Chua said he regretted that he had to face much interference and pressure within and outside the party over the EGM, which was constitutional.
Ask why the ROS intervened the last minute, his reply was: "I don't know. It is just advice and I have replied (to the RoS)."
Asked further, Dr Chua said he would not like to speculate on the RoS' actions, adding that it was obvious that somebody must have approached the RoS for it to send such a letter to him.
Meanwhile, 12 central committee members also called a press conference an hour later, saying there was no need for outsiders to interfere on MCA's affairs.
Vice-president Gan Ping Sieu said the resolution to censure Liow was to send a clear message to members and leaders to watch out for their behaviour and not to resort to actions which tarnished the party's image for political mileage in the run up to the party's triennial elections in future.
"The central delegates will decide what is best for the party," he said.
Gan said the resolution would not terminate Liow's political career or stop him from going for the presidency in the party's elections on Dec 21.
In fact, Liow himself has stated that he would go for the president's post irrespective of the outcome of the EGM, he said.
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