Liow's faction says it's not over yet

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite failure to garner support from two-thirds of MCA's powerful Central Committee (CC) members, the faction aligned to vice-president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai is still not giving up hopes of pushing for fresh party polls.
They are still hoping that a fresh poll for the top party posts can be held sometime in March. They claim that March had been mentioned as a possible month to hold the polls by party deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

"He (Dr Chua) said March. Now we want to see how he is going to fulfill the time table (for the polls)," said Liow.

He insisted that all the warring factions in the party had earlier agreed to have fresh polls and claimed that the fresh election was the only way to resolve the current party crisis.

Denying suggestions that by having a fresh poll it would further split the party, Liow said it would instead reunite the party.

"It is also not about jeopardising the party's efforts in facing the next general election. We see it at the bigger picture, that is whether the party has credibility and integrity. The credibility and integrity of the party is important to regain the confidence of the Chinese community," he said.

Wong Nai Chee, another CC member who belongs to Liow's faction, said the group still insisted on fresh polls as the ultimate solution to the party leadership crisis.

He claimed that some MCA members had lost their faith in party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and Dr Chua.

"By not having fresh elections, they are dragging the party into further chaos. It is utterly irresponsible," said Wong.

Stressing that the group "would do whatever is right for the party", Wong said MCA must be fighting for certain values as without them, there was no political party.

"The party is currently in "democratic chaos" as leaders did not respect the resolutions taken at MCA's extraordinary general meeting (EGM) held on Oct 10 last year, which passed a motion of no-confidence against the president and rejected Dr Chua's reinstatement as deputy president.

"If you want to have a survival plan, you must use the right avenue, not the backdoor. I'm not implying anybody but lets get our democratic system correct. Otherwise we will set a very bad precedent," he said.

MCA Youth chief Datuk Wee Ka Siong, who is also in Liow's faction, claimed that the CC members had ignored their earlier promises to have a fresh election and this had disappointed some party members.

"They are already thinking of taking other means to have the fresh election. One of it is to push for an EGM. They are fed up with the party leadership.

"The only way to force Ong (Tee Keat) to go for re-election is through another EGM. Some party members, not us, are clamouring for a new EGM," he added.

Wee also explained that the CC meeting on Friday did not make any decision to reject the proposal for a fresh election and that the only thing mentioned was that there were not enough CC members resigning in order for a fresh poll to take place.

"Therefore, talk that the CC is rejecting the fresh poll is misleading," said Wee. - Bernama

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