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Liow (centre) waving to his supporters after the resolution to censure him was not passed at the MCA EGM at Dewan San Choon in Wisma MCA. On his right is Wee.
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA central delegates showed their maturity in evaluating justice, MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.
Thanking those who voted against a motion to censure him, Liow said: “This is something to be proud of for MCA members.”
“I have been in the party for 31 years and I will continue to look after the party and the people’s interests,” he said after the MCA extraordinary general meeting (EGM) at Wisma MCA here yesterday.
Asked if he could still work with party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek after the EGM, Liow said the most important matter was for all members to unite for the good of the party and move forward.
Liow survived a motion to censure him for allegedly failing in his duties as general election preparation committee chairman, when 1,190 central delegates voted against it compared with 965 who were for it.
The delegates also voted against the second resolution to enable MCA members to accept Cabinet posts but agreed to the party taking up appointments like senators and state executive councillors.
Liow said when he travelled across the country to meet the central delegates, they told him that there was no rush for the MCA to take up Cabinet positions.
“We will wait for the party elections in December and let the new leadership decide on the issue,” he said.
Liow also reaffirmed his intention to run for the presidency.
“I will continue this move because of support and encouragement from members who want to see transformation within the party as soon as possible,” he said to cheers from his supporters.
On whether the MCA would allow more grassroots members to vote directly for the president, Liow said such a proposal was included in a blueprint to transform the party, but the matter was still being considered.
Meanwhile, MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said he received the “best birthday present” when the central delegates voted against censuring Liow.
Dr Wee turned 45 yesterday.
“Let bygones be bygones and let us move forward from this EGM,” Dr Wee said. “We need to face the community and make the MCA strong and relevant to ensure a win in the next general election.”
Asked whether Liow and Dr Chua could work together after this, Dr Wee said it was a “non-issue”.
“Liow is matured enough to handle this,” Dr Wee said. “He said he will correct what is imperfect and this is a step in the right direction.”
Dr Wee, who is seen to be an ally of Liow, announced that he would not contest whatever post Liow decides to run for in December.
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