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by foong pek yee, beh yuen hui, AND yuen meikeng
KUALA LUMPUR: The top two MCA leaders are jointly calling for their members to close ranks immediately after the party’s extraordinary general meeting (EGM) at its headquarters here.
Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has urged party leaders to unite while his deputy Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said it was time for all members, irrespective of differing factions, to work together.
Dr Chua also pointed out that the party leaders should stop the mudslinging or use the media as a platform to attack each other.
“Such acts will only tarnish the party’s image,” he said.
The EGM saw Liow narrowly surviving a motion to censure him after garnering 1,190 votes or 54% of the 2,189 votes which were against the resolution, against 965 for it. There were 34 spoilt votes.
Liow had allegedly refused to accept the party’s collective decisions, and that his actions had apparently triggered infighting and tarnished MCA’s image. Liow had also been accused of failing in his duty as the party’s general election preparation committee chairman, and hence caused and contributed to the massive losses which the party faced in the May 5 general election.
“I thank the delegates for making their choice and we will respect their decisions,” Dr Chua said in a statement after the EGM.
The delegates also rejected the second resolution for the party to revoke an earlier resolution not to accept ministerial, deputy ministerial or any other Cabinet posts as the party’s performance in GE13 was worse than that in GE12.
A total of 1,090 delegates or 49.8% of the 2,188 delegates voted against it, while another 1,080 or 49.4% were for it. There were 18 spoilt votes.
However, they threw strong support for the third resolution.
A total of 1,666 or 76% of the 2,189 delegates voted for the party to accept appointments as Senators or any other positions in Government.
Only 513 or 23% were against it. There were 10 spoilt votes.
The fourth resolution for party members to accept appointments at the state level, such as executive councillors, also received strong support from the central delegates.
Of the 2,188 delegates who voted, 1,709 or 78% were for it while 472 or 22% did not approve of it. There were seven spoilt votes.
Meanwhile, the three MCA central committee members who requisited for the EGM said that they respected the delegates' decisions on the resolutions.
“The results showed that 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 minister’s and deputy minister’s posts,” they said.
“The outcome of the EGM has proven us to be right for splitting the decision to reject all government posts into three resolutions so that the central delegates have the chance to re-assess the decisions based on central, state and local levels.”
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