KUALA LUMPUR: MCA is close to finding a solution to its crisis, said deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
He said the solution would be legally correct and would fulfil the requirements of the party constitution.
Chua also did not rule out the possibility of other solutions apart from the proposed fresh election for the party’s central committee.
“This solution is in line with the advice from the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,” said Dr Chua after chairing a meeting of the committee for fresh election here last night.
On whether a fresh election was the only way out of the crisis, Dr Chua said: “Politics is the art of making the impossible possible and the possible impossible.”
He said election could only be held if 21 of the 31 elected members in the central committee resigned and they would be given at least two weeks from now to decide whether or not to resign.
Dr Chua said he would decide on the deadline for the resignations and make an announcement soon. The elected members comprise the president, deputy president, four vice-presidents and 25 elected central committee members.
As to what would happen it there were not enough resignations by the deadline, Dr Chua said: “When we have waited long enough, then it will be time to call it a day. It is entirely up to the elected members whether they wish to resign or not. Nobody can force them.
“They will know what to do in the interests of the party and Barisan Nasional,” he said.
On whether he would encourage the elected members to resign to pave the way for fresh election, Dr Chua said: “I only encourage myself to resign.”
The party’s legal advisers clarified that at least 21 elected members must resign for the fresh polls to be conducted and not 20 as reported earlier.
Under the MCA constitution, a fresh election must be held within 30 days after two-thirds or more of the elected members in the central committee had resigned.
Dr Chua said the two-thirds must be based on the 31 elected members although one of them (Datuk Lee Sing Chooi) had died last year.
If there is a fresh election, the new lineup would serve the party until 2011. The MCA holds triennial elections and the current line-up was elected in 2008.
The legal advisers also had a different opinion as to whether the Youth and Wanita wings must also have fresh elections together with the parent body in connection with Article 176 of the party constitution.
Those present at the meeting yesterday were vice-presidents Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha and Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, secretary-general Datuk Wong Foon Meng, Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, Wanita chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, Wanita secretary-general Heng Seai Kie and other members of the 13-member committee. –thestar