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Wednesday November 4, 2009

Chua: A good start for MCA

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA leaders are all geared up to make the greater unity plan work for the good of the party and community.

Reinstated MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has described the outcome of the central committee meeting on the unity plan as a good start.

“Out of the 39 central committee members who were present, 27 supported the unity plan. It is the responsibility of all of us (leaders) at all levels of the party to put aside all differences and work together to make the plan work,” he told reporters after attending the central committee meeting here yesterday. There are 43 members in the central committee.

Asked if it was possible for leaders to actually put aside their differences, Dr Chua said: “If I can let go (of the past), a lot of other leaders can do that. My decision is for the good of the party and I hope all can do the same.”

On the Registrar of Societies’ decision to restore him to the deputy president’s post, he said this was made based on the party constitution and stressed that the ROS had not intervened in the MCA’s affairs.

On the appointment of the three new central committee members, Dr Chua said this was the party president’s prerogative, adding that all appointments in the central committee and also that of the presidential council were only for one year.

Asked if the sacking of the four central committee members was a result of a “witch hunt”, Dr Chua reiterated that the president had prerogative over appointments. ”I never complain that my people were not appointed before this,” he said.

Meanwhile, vice-president Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the majority of the central committee members wanted to see a united MCA.

“We (central committee) feel this unity plan is also the general wish of our party grassroots, community and Barisan Nasional leaders.

”Although we have the unity plan now, the greatest challenge ahead is for the party leadership to work hard at achieving it,” he said.

When contacted in Putrajaya, Registrar of Socie­ties (ROS) registrar Datuk Alias Kalil confirmed a letter had been sent to the MCA with regard to Dr Chua’s status as the party’s deputy president.

He said that in the letter, he had explained it was the ROS’ opinion that there was no vacancy in the post despite the outcome of the party’s extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on Oct 10.

“This is because the resolution on Dr Chua’s position as deputy president did not get the two-third majority. The MCA constitution clearly states that a two-third majority is needed to strip him of the post,” said Alias, who declined to comment further.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the ROS must have examined the technical, legal and constitutional aspects of the MCA before declaring Dr Chua as the rightful deputy president.

“The MCA constitution is clear that there must be a two-third majority to remove Dr Chua. He only lost through a slim majority and as such, he is still the deputy president,” he said, adding that Barisan Nasional would respect the ROS’ decision.

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