Leaders: Lifting of suspension augurs well for everyone

  • Nation
  • Friday, 11 Jul 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: With the lifting of their suspension by MCA, state assemblymen Tan Cheng Liang (Jawi) and Lim Boo Chang (Datuk Keramat) will be able to function at their optimum in serving the people, Penang MCA chairman Wong Kam Hoong said. 

He said both of them had appealed to president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting recently to help get their suspension lifted.  

“As state MCA chairman, I also pleaded with Ong on their behalf on Monday,” Wong added.  

He said this episode should be a lesson for Tan and Lim to be more careful and sensitive towards Barisan Nasional policy and not act on an ad hoc basis. 

Both assemblymen, who did not vote against a DAP motion on the controversy Penang Outer Ring Road at the state assembly sitting last November, had their MCA membership suspended in December. 


Wong said the lifting of the suspension also augured well for the coming general election. 

Wanita MCA chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said the move would also ease the pressure on both assemblymen and enable them to serve more effectively, adding that there were many things she would like Tan to do because she was a very active leader. 

She said Tan, who is also Wanita MCA information technology bureau chief, also held other important positions in the wing. 

Wanita MCA national organising secretary Chew Mei Fun said the lifting of the suspension would allow both of them to participate fully in party activities which benefited their constituents. 

This was very significant for Wanita MCA because the wing only had three assemblymen, including Tan, she added.  

Chew hoped that everybody would respect the decision to lift the suspension and focus on serving the people in order to gain their support for the Barisan in the next general election. 

Kuala Kubu Baru assemblyman Datuk Ch’ng Toh Eng hoped all Barisan component parties would accept MCA’s decision to lift the suspension. 

He said this was also a lesson for other elected representatives that any important issue needed thorough study and discussion before they spoke at the state assemblies or the Parliament. 

Perlis MCA chairman Datuk Chor Chee Heung said the lifting of the suspension was appropriate. 

“They have been very hardworking on the ground all the while and it is right that they be given this extra consideration. 

“I hope they can continue to serve the party and Barisan faithfully,” said Chor, who is also Deputy Home Minister. Barisan secretary-general Tan Sri Mohamed Rahmat said the MCA’s move to reinstate the two Penang assemblymen would have to be brought before the Barisan council before they could be considered as part of the coalition.  

“I will wait for the official letter from MCA before I refer it to Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad. But I don’t suppose there will be a problem,” he said. 

He added that procedurally, the MCA had to recommend to the council to reinstate the two as Barisan elected representatives. 

Mohamed said the experience of the duo should be a lesson for other Barisan elected representatives. 

“We want to work close together and our aim is not to punish people. But Barisan representatives have to uphold the integrity of the coalition and support its policies. They must toe the line as long as they want to remain as Barisan representatives.”  

MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said there must be some consideration given as the two had been suspended for over eight months. 

“We have to be sympathetic to their re-entry into the Barisan,” he said. 

Samy Vellu said the lifting of the suspension should be brought to the Barisan council for the leadership to make a decision. 

“All of us will have to abide by the final decision of the Barisan,” he said. 

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