KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA annual general meeting (AGM), originally scheduled to be held on Friday and Saturday, has been postponed to a date to be decided later.
The decision, which also included the AGM for Youth and Wanita wings which would have been held on Friday, was reached unanimously during the two-hour emergency central committee meeting at party headquarters chaired by deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek Wednesday.
He said a committee to study fresh elections for the parent body, Youth and Wanita Wings, was also set up.
The 13-member committee, chaired by him, would report to the central committee two weeks from now, he said.
He said the committee would look into, among others, the date for the fresh elections, the terms of office bearers and whether the Youth and Wanita wings should also hold fresh elections.
Dr Chua said party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, who was admitted to Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, was aware of the two decisions.
“The president is not well and he has conveyed his regards to the central committee members.
“He is of the view that the AGM should be postponed and that a committee be set up to look into the fresh elections,” Dr Chua told a press conference after chairing meeting at Wisma MCA here.
It is learnt that Ong was “sick and weak” and doctors had advised him to rest.
Others absent from the meeting were treasurer-general Tan Sri Tee Hock Seng and central committee member Datuk Gan Tian Loo.
Describing the decision to postpone the AGM as “a new starting point”, Dr Chua said it was aimed at ensuring unity and stability in the party.
He said it was not a decision made under pressure from any party.
“The central delegates have the right to voice their views and grouses at the AGM and the party has decided to postpone it to a more suitable date,” he added.
MCA is now in the process of coming out of an internal crisis that started in October.
Dr Chua said the party would bear the expenses of central delegates arising from the postponement of the AGM.
“We apologise for all difficulties. We are confident that the central delegates will understand that all the decisions are made in the interest of the MCA and Barisan Nasional,” he said.
He said the party must inform the Registrar of Societies on the decision to postpone the AGM as under the party constitution, the AGM must be held on or before Dec 31 every year.
At the press conference Wednesday were vice-presidents Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Tan Kok Hong; Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and Wanita chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun.
They have been at loggerheads with Ong and Dr Chua after they came up with the greater unity plan as a solution to the party crisis.
They have also been boycotting press conference held by the party president and his deputy after four central committee members from their faction – Datuk Dr Chor Chee Heung, Yoo Wei How, Gan Hong Su and Datuk Chai Kim Sen – were not reappointed during a reshuffle last month. – thestar