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Dr Chua meeting delegates at the EGM at the MCA headquarters on Oct 20
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek thanked delegates for having made their choice in Sunday's extraordinary general meeting and hoped everyone will respect the decision.
Dr Chua urged all party leaders to close ranks and put an end to the mudslinging against each other.
He made the call in a statement issued after the EGM which passed two of the four resolutions.
"I would like to thank the delegates for making their choice and I hope we all respect their decisions," the three-paragraph statement said.
Dr Chua expressed hope that party leaders would stop using the media as a platform to attack each other.
Deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai narrowly survived the first resolution to censure him, after 1,190 or 54% of the 2,189 delegates voted against it and 965 (44%) for it. There were 34 spoilt votes.
The resolution said Liow had refused to accept collective party decisions, that his actions had triggered party infighting and tarnished its image.
Nevertheless, the delegates gave strong support for the third resolution, with 1,666 (76%) voting for the party to accept senatorial appointments or any other positions in the Government. A total of 513 (23%) voted against this motion. There were 10 spoilt votes.
The fourth resolution that the party accept appointments at state level, such as executive councillors, also received strong support from the central delegates, with 1,709 (78%) for and 472 (22%) against it. There were seven spoilt votes.
Meanwhile, the three MCA central committee members who requested for the EGM thanked the central delegates for their attendance, adding that they respected their decisions on the resolutions.
"The results showed most of the central delegates supported the resolutions to accept government posts at local and state levels," Datuk Edward Khoo Keok Hai, Datuk Tan Chin Meng and Datuk Ei Kim Hock said in a joint statement.
The central delegates still have some reservation over accepting Cabinet posts, they said.
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