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Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 10:54:12 AM
by yuen meikeng
PETALING JAYA: MCA’s top priority now is to attend to “housekeeping” matters before it acts on calls to allow party leaders to rejoin the Cabinet, said newly-elected deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He was responding to widespread requests, including the one from MCA’s Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong, for the party leadership to reverse its “no Cabinet posts” stand.
Dr Wee said MCA needed to settle matters related to the appointments of federal and state level office bearers, including party state liaison committee heads, state executive councillors and Senators.
“This is our top priority and the president’s concern at present. We must do what is necessary first, including closing ranks.
“Campaigning time is over. We must focus on issues and work as a relevant team,” he said yesterday.
Dr Wee said the party noted the calls from the community leaders on Cabinet appointments, but added that such moves must be done according to procedures and not in a rush.
“Currently, it is not an urgent matter. We understand the calls but just be patient. The most important thing is to ensure the party is stable post-elections,” said Dr Wee, who added that if the party were to reverse its decision on accepting Cabinet posts, it must be decided at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) or during its annual general assembly.
“Currently, it is premature to decide.
“We do not want to pre-empt anything,” he said.
In its Oct 20 EGM, party delegates upheld MCA’s earlier decision to reject ministerial, deputy ministerial or any other Cabinet posts based on the party’s dismal performance in GE13.
However, the delegates voted for the party to accept appointments as senators or any other government positions, as well as state executive councillors.
On closing ranks, Dr Wee was optimistic and called on party members to “forget about the Liow versus Chua factions”.
“I am sure that with the new president’s statement, all members will understand that there must be unity for the party to succeed in the next general election,” he said.
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