MCA Unity Crisis – Is MCA Fresh Polls Really Going To Happen?

What will happen if the majority of the elected members of MCA’s powerful
decision-making body — the Central Committee (CC) — refuse to resign to allow
for fresh polls?

Under the party constitution, fresh polls can only be held if two-thirds of
the 30 elected CC members — meaning 20 of the 30 — resign. The elections
must then be held within 60 days of their resignation.

Party elections will also be due when the CC members’ term is up, which
means at the next party elections, that is in 2011, as the party had held its
elections on Oct 18 last year.

MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and the 13 CC members
supporting him have vowed to quit their posts in order to force fresh polls as
they claim to have signed undated resignation letters and are waiting for the
right time to submit them to the party.

However, Liow’s faction has the uphill task of convincing seven more of the
30 elected CC members to do the same in order to force the polls.

It must be remembered that the majority of the CC members are said to be
aligned to party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and deputy president Datuk
Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

Making things more difficult is talk that some of the CC members have
indicated they are not willing to resign and prefer to complete their term.

Some CC members are said to be unhappy with the development and have started
to question why they must resign just to solve the party’s internal crisis.

“Why is it that when Ong, Dr Chua and Liow are fighting, we are the ones who
have to make way for the party polls? Why don’t Ong, Dr Chua and Liow do that?”
asked an elected CC member who did not wish to be identified.

The same CC member said they had to fight hard to be elected to their
present positions at last year’s party elections but, barely a year later, they
are facing the prospect of having to vacate their seats to face fresh polls.

“You think it would be easy for us to resign? How about those with posts of
minister and deputy minister? They have got everything to lose if they do that.
Will they really do that?” he said.

Some party insiders said that even if some of the CC members agree to
resign, it will need more than just the signing of the letters as it must be
ensured that there is consensus and everyone signs their resignation letters and
submits them together.

“Otherwise, if some submit (the letters) while others don’t, it would create
another problem. The party might just accept your resignation after you have
submitted it while the others who did not submit their letters will continue to
maintain their positions. They can play you out in such a way,” the insiders

Some political observers also doubt if fresh polls can be held because,
though the three factions are said to have reached consensus to have fresh
polls, they still argue about when the elections should be held.

Liow’s group, however, claims consensus has been reached with the two other
factions — one led by Ong and the other by Dr Chua — that new party leadership
elections are necessary.

It even insisted that a date for the fresh polls has been set and is part of
the group’s “roadmap”.

The details of the “roadmap” were not revealed, and it is not immediately
known if Ong and Dr Chua are agreeable to such a “roadmap” except that Liow’s
group claims it is “privileged information”.

Whatever it is, Liow’s group will have to face an immediate obstacle — how
to face the scheduled Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Dec 5, which they had
earlier hoped will be put off so that the fresh polls could be held in
conjunction with the AGM at a later date.

Yesterday, party information chief Senator Heng Seai Kie clarified that the
AGM on Dec 4 & 5 would not be postponed and those claiming otherwise were
attempting to cause confusion.

Therefore, it would be interesting to see if Liow’s group will attend the
AGM. It will be interesting also to see if the Youth and Wanita AGMs will be
held since the leaders of both the wings are in Liow’s camp.

Political analysts note that Liow’s group is pushing for immediate fresh
polls as it wants to ride on the wave of purported discontent against Ong while,
on the other hand, Ong wants the polls to be held in the second half of next
year in order to give him more time to win over the 2,400 delegates. -MalaysiaDigest


2 thoughts on “MCA Unity Crisis – Is MCA Fresh Polls Really Going To Happen?

  1. Liow is no better than a pimp of prostitutes. In our society today many young and beautiful college girls are asked to have sex with a client for thousands of dollars.These girls needs money to pay for their fees and they thought they would just do it once.But a pimp had arranged for the whole episode to be filmed.The girls will than be shown the video and be told that it will be circulated all over the world. In this way the girls would be forced out of fear and shame to their families to be a part time prostitute and still a full time college student.A collage student commands a much higher price than a full time prostitute.
    The question is as follows;
    Who is the greater evil ? The young girl in her first taste of the forbidden apple or the pimp who is the devil himself?
    There are so many young china dolls in Bukit Bintang.Most of the clients are Chinese men.
    Do you want to be filmed by a RAT of a man?You ill lose the respect of everybody.

  2. 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

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