Saturday, October 24, 2009

Is MCA’s peace plan undemocratic?

Undeniably, both MCA President Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and ousted deputy Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek command a huge portion of the party’s delegates, but it is claimed that the whole process of the peace plan between them has been undemocratic and devoid of legitimacy.

Ong Ka Chuan

Former MCA secretary-general Ong Ka Chuan criticizing the MCA’s peace plan is undemocratic.

Ka Chuan also criticized Ong Tee Keat for not consulting the central committee over the plan and instead sought the approval of the Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, which he said was inappropriate.

He said this would result in public perception that the party was susceptible to external interference.

Ka Chuan said the party's assembly was the highest decision-making body and once a decision has been made, it must be accepted and respected.

He said that at the very least, the party leadership must explain to the members why the delegate's views were ignored.

He said President Ong Tee Keat's plan had in effect turned the Oct 10 extraordinary general meeting (EGM) outcome into a "joke".

He said both Ong Tee Keat and Dr Chua Soi Lek's factions had agreed on the resolutions before a notice for the EGM was issued.

Ong Tee Keat reneged on his promise and refused to step down while Dr Chua Sooi Lek is now seeking the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to reinstate him to his former post.

Ironically, if MCA continues to be wracked by internal fiasco, it would have a negative impact on BN and benefits opposition in the upcoming elections.

The question arises: Can the Peace Plan maintain the status quo in MCA and re-energize it or otherwise?

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