MCA Unity Crisis – MCA’s Annual General Meeting Postponed

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


2 thoughts on “MCA Unity Crisis – MCA’s Annual General Meeting Postponed

  1. It is a shame that a Malay should be asked to interfere on Chinese affairs of a Chinese associations. Do we not have any Chinese wise men left in Malaysia already ? The Chinese have so many associations from coffee shops. karaoke associations to fishermen associations.They have many disputes among themselves too.They are plenty of wise men who can advise them.
    During the UMNO disputes no Chinese wise man was invited to interfere.
    Semangat 46 (Spirit of ‘46) is a now defunct Malaysian political party. The party was formed in 1988 under the leadership of Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who felt capable of mounting a realistic challenge to the dominance of then UMNO under Mahathir’s leadership and its electoral vehicle, the Barisan Nasional. Razaleigh’s confidence was also partly attributed to the personal support which he was endorsed from former prime ministers Tunku Abdul Rahman and Hussein Onn, both of whom had also fallen apart with Mahathir.[4]

    The idea of Semangat 46 first came about in 1985 or 1986 when Malaysia was experiencing an economic recession. Following Razaleigh’s expulsion in 1987, Razaleigh headed to form a political party the following year.[5] This new party brought over many UMNO top leaders who were supportive of Razaleigh, aptly known as “Team B”. Other UMNO leaders who were supportive of Mahathir made up “Team A”–divisions which were immediately drawn after the presidential elections in January 1987. By February 1988, such distinctions were clearly cut as Razaleigh decided to name his faction “UMNO 46″ to reflect the spirit which the party was founded in 1946, while Mahathir decided to name his faction “UMNO (Baru)”, tagging along much of the parties’ administrative documents. However, since “UMNO 46″ was denied registration on the basis of a duplicate name, Razaleigh decided to settle on the name “Semangat 46″.[6] On June 3, 1989, Semangat 46 was officially registered with the electoral colle

  2. MCA is dead as on 2010.
    Ong Tee Kiat got thrown out of the cabinet like a sick cat.
    Chua Soi Lek got pulled into the police station like a sick dog.
    Both are Presidents of MCA.
    The crime..both animals meow and bark up the wrong tree.
    I work with CSL for many years in Putrajaya.
    I should have known better.

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