Thursday, March 04, 2010

Liow says feels vindicated by resignations

Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has described today the resignations of MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and seven other central committee members as a “great vindication”.

“The MCA Integrity Restoring Taskforce (MIRT) expresses great vindication to hear that another eight CC members including Dr Chua have announced their resignations.

“We welcome his resignation. He has fulfilled his promise that he will resign in March,” he told a press conference at the party headquarters here.

The press conference was held immediately after Dr Chua announced the resignations.

Liow had earlier led a team of 12 other CC members who resigned last December in a bid to push for fresh party polls.

With the new total of 21 resignations, or two-thirds of the central committee, it will now be enough under the MCA constitution to trigger new elections which must be held within a month.

A happy Liow again stressed this during the media conference, saying Article 41 of the party constitution demand that “fresh election at the central leadership shall be called to elect a new dynamic team of central leaders.”

The Health Minister had insisted previously that the party’s leadership crisis could only be resolved through fresh polls.

Dr Chua’s resignation marks the end of the “Greater Unity Plan” where he made peace with party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and prevented Liow’s plan from materialising.

When asked if Dr Chua had informed Liow of his intention, the vice-president denied that any meeting or prior negotiations took place between them.

Just like Dr Chua, Liow said he will no longer participate in the party’s CC meeting scheduled for tomorrow as he and 12 others are no longer part of the committee.

The committee is supposed to convene tomorrow to discuss the resolutions for this weekend’s annual general assembly.

Dr Chua had earlier pleaded for the party’s leadership to postpone this weekend’s AGM.

Liow did not comment on the matter but reiterated Dr Chua’s view that the power to postpone the AGM now lies in the hands of the party’s leadership.

Present with him at the press conference were the 12 CC members including vice-president Datuk Wee Ka Siong and Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.

courtesy of Malaysian Insider

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