KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA has lifted its suspension of Penang assemblymen Tan Cheng Liang (Jawi) and Lim Boo Chang (Datuk Keramat) with immediate effect.
The two, who were suspended from the party indefinitely on Dec 16 last year, had their status reinstated following appeals from the people, particularly from the two constituencies.
Speaking to the press after chairing the presidential council at Wisma MCA yesterday, party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the suspension period of nearly seven months was appropriate.
“This would be in the best interest of the Barisan Nasional and the lifting of the suspension will definitely enable these two state assemblymen to continue to serve their constituencies well,” he said.
Tan and Lim were suspended after they abstained from voting in the Penang state assembly against a DAP motion on the state's Outer Ring Road Project (PORR).
Ong said the party had continuously received appeals from the people to reinstate the two assemblymen.
“Lately, the two state assemblymen had also written in to appeal to be reinstated,” he said.
Commenting on the status of the duo as Barisan Nasional state assemblymen, Ong said the party would notify the coalition's leadership immediately of its decision.
“The suspension was done by the presidential council on Dec 16 last year, and today we are doing the same thing (procedure). We will inform Barisan’s top leadership after this (meeting),” he said.
Ong said the presidential council had also decided that a stern warning be given to Youth chief Datuk Ong Tee Keat that he exercise care to ensure that his public statements do not cause embarrassment to the party.
He said the presidential council had deliberated on a report from the disciplinary council on Tee Keat over the matter.
Ka Ting said the presidential council agreed unanimously on the decision to issue a warning to Tee Keat, who was present at the meeting when the decision was made.
“The presidential council also discussed Datuk Ong Tee Keat’s clarification and explanation through his letter and in person on the Youth incident which took place on Aug 3, 2001 and the presidential council agreed to look further into his explanation,” he said.
Asked if the action by the presidential council was in regard to Tee Keat's allegations of triad links in the MCA, Ka Ting said:
“It is for the overall statements that were made which caused some embarrassment to the party.”
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