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Friday August 27, 2010

Karpal: Matter rests as Liu has not appealed

PETALING JAYA: No further action is to be taken against Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu by the DAP leadership over the issue of letterhead misuse.

The party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) late last night has also decided to uphold the decision by its disciplinary committee to expel former Klang municipal councillor Tee Boon Hock for signing a business support letter in favour of his son’s company to bid for a Majlis Perbandaran Klang project.

DAP chairman Karpal Singh said the CEC could not consider further action against Liu as he had not appeal against his sentence by the party’s disciplinary committee.

“If there is an appeal by the person disciplined, then the CEC decides on the appeal. But if the person concerned does not appeal, the question of CEC deciding does not arise.

“Under the party’s constitution, unless the person appeals, the CEC has no power to consider the matter,” he told reporters after chairing the meeting at the DAP headquarters here.

“The CEC does not have power on its own to enhance this sentence and penalty imposed by the disciplinary committee,” he added.

Karpal said Liu had been given a severe reprimand by the committee and because there was no appeal, “it was the end of the matter.”

The DAP disciplinary committee, which was chaired by Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, had earlier given Liu a “severe reprimand” over the letterhead controversy, saying he had not managed his office in accordance with public expectations.

Tan had said then that the controversy had damaged the party’s image.

Asked why the CEC had upheld Tee’s expulsion, Karpal said the decision by the disciplinary committee had been fair and proper, adding that the former councillor had also exhausted all his avenues of appeal.

DAP had sacked Tee on Aug 1 for misusing Liu’s official letterhead while Liu was let off with the reprimand.

Earlier, party sources said the meeting saw mixed reactions from various CEC members, with some calling for Liu to go as the episode reflected badly of the party’s image.

However, it was understood that many members, especially those aligned to party’s parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang and secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, decided to remain silent on the matter.

When contacted, Tee declined comment.

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