Tee ready to face the music

NUSAJAYA: MCA national organising secretary Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said he is prepared to face the music following his decision to accept a Johor state executive council post.

Tee has found himself in a tough spot after the MCA announced that action might be taken against him for going against the party’s decision to turn down government positions following its poor performance in the general election.

Tee, who spoke to reporters before attending an executive council meeting with newly sworn-in Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, said the party’s central committee had yet to contact him.

“All that I know right now is what I read in the newspapers,” he said, adding that he was a long-serving MCA member and hoped that party leaders and members would understand the special circumstances of his appointment.

Tee also brushed aside accusations that he had betrayed the MCA by accepting the post.

“MCA members from Johor will understand why I had to accept it as this is due to a special request by the Johor Ruler which I could not decline,” he said, claiming that party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek had also supported his decision.

However, Dr Chua said on Tuesday that the MCA central committee would discuss Tee’s case and that disciplinary action might be taken against him.

Mohamed Khaled said yesterday that Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar had reiterated the need for a Chinese representative to be included in the executive council line-up.

Mohamed Khaled, who met the Johor Ruler before attending the meeting, said the move to appoint Tee was a decision that would benefit the people.

On another matter, he said he had yet to decide on the person to be appointed as the 10th executive council member.

“The position traditionally should go to an MCA representative but we may make changes based on the results of the general election,” he said.

Mohamed Khaled, Tee and eight other executive council members were sworn in on Tuesday in a ceremony witnessed by the Johor Ruler at Bukit Timbalan here.

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