Dr Ling: Issue may be discussed


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 Jan 2003

BY LEONG SHEN-LI

KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA leadership succession issue may be discussed at the party's central committee meeting at Wisma MCA tomorrow, party president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik said. 

He, however, added that such issues should not be rushed or stumbled into. 

When asked to elaborate, he said the issue might be discussed “if people bring it up or someone has bright ideas, then the central committee would discuss it.” 

Dr Ling also said the issue of MCA's succession should be decided by the party and not just by one or two people and added that every party had its own method of settling issues concerning succession. 

WELL DONE: Dr Ling congratulating Keretapi Tanah Melayu chairman Tan Sri Thong Yaw Hong (second from right) on the delivery of 195 container wagons. With them are MMC Engineering Group Bhd chairman Datuk Dr Ahmad Zaidee Laidin (left) and Transport Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Donald Lim (right).

 

“The constitution stipulates the usual method to deal with the succession issue. 

 

“If there are out of the ordinary methods, then it can be used,'' he said. 

 

“However, when there are no such ways, the usual method as stipulated in the constitution should be used, which is through voting,” he told reporters after witnessing the handing over of 18 container wagons to Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd by MMC Metal Industries Sdn Bhd at the old railway station here. 

On Saturday, Dr Ling said he was willing to step down as president even before his tenure ends in 2005 if the succession problem could be resolved earlier, saying it was an important milestone he had to achieve before he could step down as party president. 

“By January 2005, the succession problem has to be solved before I leave,'' he had said in Kampar. 

The four MCA vice-presidents – Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn, Datuk Chua Jui Meng, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and Datuk Chan Kong Choy – have been speculated as possible successors to Dr Ling and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr Lim Ah Lek. 

Yesterday, Dr Ling also said he would continue to be patient towards Lim despite his continuous criticism against him but admitted he has found it to be increasingly irritating.  

“I have been very patient with Ah Lek. But I must remind him that his nagging is getting irritating,” the Transport Minister said when asked to comment on a report in a Bahasa Malaysia daily, which quoted Lim as saying that Dr Ling was “playing politics” when he said he would only relinquish his post as MCA president when the succession issue was settled.  

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