No Need For Mediator, Says Dr Chua

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 (Bernama) -- MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said today there was no need for anyone to mediate in the "feud" between him and party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

Dr Chua said what was important was to close ranks and move forward.

"If we really want to work, no need for a third person to be a mediator. We are not small boys. We claim to be the second largest political party in the country and if (we) don't know how to work between two people and need a third person to intervene, then I think it is a sad day for MCA," he told a press conference at Wisma MCA here.

Dr Chua was asked to comment on news reports saying that MCA's new treasurer-general Senator Tan Sri Tee Hock Seng had volunteered to mediate in the feud.

Dr Chua said that in order to achieve real cooperation there must be sincerity.

"It cannot be just a political statement. And sincerity can be reflected by your action. And this cooperation is not a question of Tee Keat wins and Chua loses or Chua wins and Tee Keat loses.

"This cooperation is a question that if we do not cooperate the whole party loses," he said.

The perceived fued between the two leaders started after the appointments for key party posts were announced on Nov 11 following the party elections.

Dr Chua, a former Health Minister, was not appointed to key positions such as the state chairman or head of the party's disciplinary board.

Instead, he was appointed as the head of MCA's government policy monitoring bureau.

Ong, the Transport Minister, appointed himself as the Johor state liaison chief, a post previously held by Dr Chua.


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