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Dr Chua Soi Lek Sacked From MCA

The split in the MCA took a turn for the worse yesterday night with the presidential council deciding to sack deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, on the recommendation of the party’s disciplinary committee.

The expulsion of Dr Chua is ostensibly his punishment for tarnishing the party’s image over the disclosure in late 2007 of a secret recording showing him engaging in sex acts with his mistress.

He had resigned as a minister and from all party posts last year after admitting to being the man in the footage, but won in the party elections last October as deputy president of MCA.

But Dr Chua and party president Ong have been barely on speaking terms.

“This evening after much deliberation the presidential council made a decision to accept the disciplinary’s recommendation to expel Chua from the party with immediate effect,” Ong told reporters tonight, while reading from a prepared text.

He said he would explain the decision to sack Dr Chua to Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Ong also said that Dr Chua had 14 days to appeal the decision to the party’s central committee.

The Malaysian Insider understands Najib was shocked at the decision, as are other Umno and BN leaders, as many of them feel that an MCA on a path of destruction is the last thing the ruling coalition needs.

Ong has denied being behind the decision to dredge up his deputy’s sex scandal even though the party’s disciplinary committee had decided early this month to go ahead with a hearing despite the fact that the complainant had withdrawn the allegation.

The party’s decision yesterday will be seen as a move by Ong to shore up his own position in the party, but brings him on a collision course with MCA’s senior partner in the Barisan Nasional (BN), Umno.

“Maybe by sacking me, Ong believes he can sleep better and the party will be more stable,” said Dr Chua.

He said he would not join the opposition and denied being behind a move to call an EGM, although he would endorse it to save the party.

Asked if the disciplinary board gave any grounds for recommending a sacking, he replied: “I tarnished the party image. That is a severe crime. I am lucky they did not sentence me to death.”

Dr Chua had only recently been appointed by Najib as BN’s coordinator in Pakatan Rakyat-held states.

Ong has also been in a beleaguered position in recent weeks because of his ongoing tiff with BN backbenchers’ chairman Datuk Tiong King Sing over the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.

Tiong, the CEO of PKFZ turnkey contractor Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB), has accused Ong of taking a RM10 million donation and for taking free flights on the company’s private jets.

Ong has, in turn, filed a RM500 million lawsuit against Tiong, in an escalation of the open quarrel which has badly embarrassed BN.

Umno leaders have urged Ong to settle the dispute with Tiong, but the transport minister is now attempting to portray himself as someone who has been trying to expose wrongdoings over the PKFZ scandal.

The tough action against Dr Chua yesterday will be seen as an attempt by Ong to shore up his own position as there are now rumblings within the MCA against him for dragging the party into the PKFZ saga.

The day before, six party divisions in Perak openly called for Ong to be suspended over the allegations that Tiong had donated the RM10 million.

The MCA has already clarified that it did not receive the donation while Tiong has called for Ong to open up his bank accounts for scrutiny.

More divisions, especially those from Dr Chua’s home state in Johor, are expected to join their Perak counterparts in calling for Ong’s removal.

Just moments after learning that the disciplinary committee had called for his expulsion yesterday night, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek stopped short of calling for party members to remove Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat as MCA president but he did call for an uprising.

“I have confidence that MCA members will not let one man destroy the party. It will be a sad day for MCA that if we do not rise to the challenge of saving the party.

“Comrades who love the party will come to realise that it’s time to stand up and unite to save the party. Otherwise, we will soon fade into oblivion,” he said.

With the move by Ong to have Dr Chua thrown out, plans by the party No 2’s supporters to call for an extraordinary general meeting are expected to be quickly put into motion.

Dr Chua said the effort to remove him came as no surprise because he claimed there had been a sustained attempt by the party president to subvert the wishes of the rank and file by “ending my political career.”

The MCA No 2 faced dismissal today for tarnishing the party’s image after the party disciplinary committee dredged up the issue of him being secretly filmed in bed with his mistress in late 2007. He had in 2008 resigned as minister and from party posts to take responsibility for the scandal.

But last October, he overcame the odds and won re-election as MCA deputy president. Ong has seen him as a major political threat since then.

Despite his denials, Ong is seen as the man behind the disciplinary panel’s decision to go ahead with its hearing against Dr Chua even though the complainant had withdrawn his complaint.

Dr Chua said tonight that, for party members, doing nothing was not an option now, in what will be seen as a call to his supporters to challenge Ong.

“The MCA President has outlined three main agenda for the party: Economic, Politics and Inter-racial Harmony. But in reality, it appears that his most important political agenda is to remove Chua Soi Lek.

“Now, I hope he can sleep well,” Chua said. “But not all of us have that luxury. For those of us who love the MCA, our work has just begun.”

Dr Chua said that it was an open secret that those who were not on the same page as the party president are regarded as his enemies or a threat.

He said that dissenters were labeled as “anti-MCA, gangsters, and cooperating with businessmen by taking money to topple him.”

“Today, it is not about Chua Soi Lek, nor is it about Ong Tee Keat. It is about MCA, as the second largest component party of BN, still drifting without direction and purpose. It has been more than 16 months since the March 8 general election but there has been little evidence of change.”

He said there had been no closing of ranks while morale remained low and suspicion, the order of the day.

The results of the Permatang Pasir by-election won by PAS with strong Chinese backing, he said, was evidence of how far the party had slipped.

Source : The Malaysian Insider

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