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Monday October 21, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday October 21, 2013 MYT 9:19:31 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: There is no clear winner for those seeking a simple answer on the outcome of the just-concluded MCA extraordinary general meeting (EGM). In fact, it has become more intriguing as to what to expect in the run-up to the party elections in December.
While the central delegates rejected a motion to censure deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, they also rejected a motion to pave the way for the party’s No. 2 to enter the Cabinet.
Liow is one of the seven MCA MPs after the party emerged badly bruised after the May 5 general election.
Going by party hierarchy, he looked the most likely candidate to take up the Transport Minister’s post which Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reserved for the MCA – the second largest Barisan component party.
With the EGM results, there is no way for the party to gain entry into the Cabinet in the widely expected reshuffle after the Umno elections on Saturday.
If at all the MCA MPs have another chance to make an entry to the Cabinet, it has to be after the party elections on Dec 21.
Even then, it is not surprising that the central delegates will reject the resolution for a second time.
A party insider said the central delegates appeared to be more for the idea of having the party leaders to stay out of Cabinet, at least for one term, so that they could voice the party’s stand without having to be restricted by the collective decisions of the Cabinet.
MCA has often been seen as or accused of not speaking up for the community.
In fact, the Opposition has been using this perception to attack the party all this while.
Meanwhile, the delegates who voted strongly in support of the third and fourth resolutions were not surprised at all at the results.
Since the May 5 general election, the party’s grassroots leaders have been facing an uphill task in their bid to help the people on the ground to solve their problems which involved government departments.
As such, the delegates have recognised the urgent need for the party to take up appointments like senatorships and other government posts as outlined in the third resolution and state-level posts like executive councillors in the fourth resolution.
Party insiders and observers also see the EGM results as mixed signals and that it is too early to predict the likely scenario for the party polls in December.
They felt that the opposing sides needed to review their strategies fast – reassessing their strengths and numbers.
“The same batch of central delegates will vote in the December polls, but voting for a motion to censure a leader and voting for a leader for the next three years are different things altogether,” said a party insider.
Despite the heated campaign for the EGM, it is encouraging to see president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and Liow calling for the members to close ranks immediately after the event yesterday.
The verdict of the EGM is out.
What is most important is to learn from it, and emerge wiser in facing the upcoming party polls.
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