PENANG: The state MCA will decide after the Chinese New Year whether to accept the state's rejection of its candidate for municipal councillor.
Its chairman, Wong Kam Hoong, said he had received Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon's clarification on why the state had rejected Jelutong MCA Youth chairman Teh Beng Hai.
“I will report the matter to the party’s state management committee which holds its meeting once a month or the state liaison committee as I don’t want to make any decision by myself.
“At the meeting, we will decide whether to accept the rejection and identify a replacement candidate if required,'' he said yesterday.
“There is no hurry to decide now as I’m busy checking on the prices of food items since the Chinese New Year is around the corner.”
Wong, who is Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry parliamentary secretary, said he was saddened that a poison pen letter had been sent to the press a week before the state's announcement of the council line-up.
He was commenting on Dr Koh’s statement on Sunday that “his side” did not sent the letter that led to the rejection of Teh.
Dr Koh said he met Wong on Friday and discussed various aspects of the issue, including the letter.
Dr Koh had said that under the Local Government Act, it was not necessary to fill the vacant seat before the swearing-in ceremony.
It is learnt that the 23 councillors will be sworn in today at the City Hall Building before state Local Government, Environment and Traffic Management committee chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan.
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