KUALA LUMPUR: In retaliation against the presidential council's decision to refer Youth chief Datuk Ong Tee Keat to the disciplinary board, MCA Team B leaders are calling for reciprocal action to be taken against president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik for raising the issue of money politics.
Deputy president Datuk Seri Lim Ah Lek said Dr Ling and secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Ting Chew Peh had committed offences of similar gravity when they raised the issue of money politics within MCA but failed to provide evidence.
“At least Ong had mentioned two names. If Ong's statement is said to damage the party's image then what about the statements made by Dr Ling and Dr Ting.
“In subjecting Ong to disciplinary action for making public statements, then the president and his secretary-general should be subjected to the same disciplinary action as they were the ones who started talking about money politics. So why the double standards?” asked Lim after the presidential council meeting here at the MCA headquarters yesterday.
Dr Ling had, early this month said that early warnings on the dangers of money politics was important to prevent it from destroying the party.
“I can sense money politics creeping in but it is not very rampant or serious in MCA at this point of time,” he said.
Dr Ting said that a new phenomena had emerged in the party, reflected in all kinds of dinners, gifts and trips.
On behalf of Team B, Lim also issued a strong protest against the presidential council for not taking any action against Wanita chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen for allegedly holding a permanent resident's status when sworn in as senator in 1993.
Dr Ng, who is the Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister, said she had revoked her PR status and questioned why a 10 year-old issue had now been raised again.