Soi Lek quits
Dr Chua Soi Lek today announced his resignation as MCA deputy president at the party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
With Chua’s resignation, MCA president Ong Tee Keat will now have little choice but call for fresh party polls.
Earlier Malaysiakini report:
Rival MCA faction leaders are holding back-to-back media conferences today, fueling rumours that there is now enough resignations from the central committee to compel fresh polls for the top party leadership.
Deputy president Dr Chua Soi Lek will be calling for his press conference at 2pm at the ninth floor of the MCA headquarters while vice-president Liow Tiong Lai will be doing the same, at the same floor, an hour later.
Liow’s faction has been been pushing for fresh polls for the central committee since last November because president Ong Tee Keat reneged on a promise to resign after losing a no-confidence vote a month earlier.
Chua had also been supportive of fresh polls, but has been very coy on when he will resign from the central committee, other than stating that it should be after Chinese New Year celebrations.
Previously, Liow and 12 central committee members have offered to quit to pave way for fresh polls. It is unknown exactly how many central committee members does Chua command.
Two-thirds of the central committee must resign for it to dissolve itself. With Liow’s faction needs to find eight more to achieve this.
Their announcements later appears meticulously timed to influence the central committee, which will meet tomorrow, and a private dinner between the four major MCA faction leaders with Prime MInister and Barisan Nasional chief Najib Abdul Razak tonight.