KUALA LUMPUR: MCA’s all-out preparations for the Kajang by-election are progressing smoothly, said party president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
According to Liow, all its central leaders would “adopt” each of the 16 polling stations to ensure everything proceeded as planned.
He said they would work closely with Selangor leaders at both the state and division levels to conduct programmes and activities.
Liow said his deputy Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong was the head of the party’s by-election committee.
On the party’s candidate for the by-election, Liow said the shortlist would be ready by Monday following extensive surveys on the ground.
On Sunday, he would be opening the party’s by-election operations room.
Speaking to reporters after chairing the party’s central committee meeting here yesterday, Liow said there was high commitment from all levels in the party to secure a victory for Barisan Nasional.
On party matters, Liow said the central committee decided to hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on Feb 23 to decide whether the party would accept ministerial positions.
He said the EGM must be conducted after 1,934 or 81.26% of the 2,380 central delegates had petitioned for it.
Liow said the EGM would be held at Wisma MCA here at 11.30am.
He said the party would celebrate its 65th anniversary at the same venue just before the EGM.
Liow said he was confident that the delegates would make a wise decision at the EGM, adding that representation in the Cabinet was important for the party’s transformation.
At its annual general meetings in 2011 and 2012, MCA decided not to accept any government post if its performance in the 13th general election was worse than that in the 12th.
MCA eventually won 18 seats in the election last May, against 46 in the 12th general election.
At an EGM on Oct 20 last year, delegates rejected a motion to reverse the decisions taken at the earlier AGMs, but supported motions to allow the party to accept appointments like senatorships as well as appointments at state level, including state executive councillors.
After the central committee meeting yesterday, vice-president Datuk Chua Tee Yong said the resolution for the Feb 23 EGM should just concern the post of ministers and deputy ministers, and not other posts.
Liow explained that the resolution by three requisitionists was in accordance with the party constitution. Apart from that, he said the resolution was aimed at making clear the party’s decision to accept government posts, a view also echoed by Dr Wee, who stressed that the resolution was to reaffirm the party’s stand on the matter.