KUALA LUMPUR: MCA is expected to call for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) soon to review the party’s resolution to decline Cabinet appointments.
President Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai expressed hope that more MCA delegates would agree for an EGM to be called so a vote could be taken on the resolution.
“I hope the party’s transformation agenda will progress with the EGM, and I am confident the delegates will give a good result to ensure the party moves forward faster,” he told reporters yesterday after attending a Chinese New Year celebration that was organised by the Federal Territory MCA and Wangsa Maju MCA division.
In the party’s annual general meeting in 2011 and 2012, MCA made a resolution not to accept any government post should it perform badly in the 2013 general election.
The party only won seven parliamentary and 11 state seats in last year’s election, compared to 15 parliamentary and 32 state seats it won in 2008.
At the Oct 20 EGM last year, delegates rejected a motion to rescind the decision but supported two motions, allowing for the party to accept appointments like Senators or other government positions, as well as appointments at the state level, including state executive councillors.
Liow noted that an upcoming EGM will determine the party’s next course of action as it would decide whether MCA can re-enter the Cabinet.
“We need the EGM results to return (to Cabinet) and this is dependent on the delegates, but I am confident that they will make a wise decision for the party’s benefit,” he added.
Some other MCA leaders, including secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, had called for an EGM as soon as possible.
Ong said the EGM was crucial to allow the party and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to decide on how the Chinese community could be represented in government, should MCA remain adamant to stick to its decision.
According to the party constitution, an EGM can be called by either the president, or upon receiving support from two-thirds of the central committee members or receiving support from two-thirds of the central delegates.
The earliest it can be held is in seven days after requisition is received by the secretary-general.