Led by maverick party member Theng Bok (left), the ad-hoc group's main agenda for the EGM is the reinstatement of sacked party deputy chief Dr Chua Soi Lek into the party and call for a vote of no-confidence against Ong.
Ampang MCA division deputy chairperson Loo Tak Ming (left) said it was a "very wrong move" for the presidential council to sack Chua. "Whatever (Chua) did in the past has already been forgiven by party delegates in the party elections (last October). The decision is very unfair to Chua and party members."
"The past is the past. Why are they still persecuting him? I hope the party delegates will now send a strong message to the party president," said Loo.
Fong: Reconsider sacking
"He has apologised for the scandal and resigned as a minister and parliamentarian to take moral responsibility," Fong told reporters at a press conference today.
A PIECE OF MY MIND
By now, the MCA grassroots should be hearing the tune "the past is the past" and certain quarters are out with a mission to oust the President of MCA.
This particular tune which is currently played repeatedly also carry the embedded message that MCA members have forgiven Dr Chua for his moral misconduct last year when MCA delegates voted him in as the Deputy President.
Is that true ?
Of course we do not deny that Dr Chua has been an excellent Minister of Health. His tenure as a Cabinet Minister reaped in large number of support not only from within MCA but also commanded respect from the Opposition and the people.
Nevertheless, leaders lead by example. After the moral misconduct, Dr Chua acted professionally and resigned.
However, his return to party politics in late 2008 came riding on hints of conspiracy that he was set up and a victim.
Two questions then come to our minds.
- Why bother to claim that it is a set up when in fact the act was voluntary ?
- What are the true intentions of the return - love for the party or vengeance ?
MCA members are quick to forgive and forget (maybe). Will the people be quick to forgive and forget Dr Chua ? People say the essence of a good politician is a good husband and able to upkeep the family household.
Imagine if Dr Chua Soi Lek is the President of MCA. Will UMNO, MIC, Gerakan and the rest of the component parties be comfortable with a man once involved with the scandal ?
Dr Fong Chan Onn, Theng Bok and Loo Tak Ming must not forget that together with the position as President of MCA, there is also the appointment to a Cabinet Ministerial post in one of the few core Ministries.
Who will then bear the responsibility of being humiliated, teased and hounded daily by the wolves of the Opposition in blogs, the Press, and the Parliament ?
Bear in mind that the Opposition under Anwar Ibrahim now has the machinery, internet and "friends in the media" that can turn MCA into nothing but dust if they flex their muscles on a Dr Chua-led MCA.
As for this, anyone ever stop to think why no one from the Opposition invested any effort to tear apart the political career of MCA's Deputy President since March 2008 ?
Note that Dr Chua is also the BN Chief Coordinator for the 5 Opposition led States. I leave that "mystery" for you.
The instability and frictions in MCA over the year surely contradicts with his initial actions of love for the party when he quit as a Minister of Health and MP.
Since being elected as MCA President, it is an open secret that Dr Chua and his supporters are always clashing with Ong Tee Keat's camp.
God knows why Najib - Muhyiddin can work together but not a democratically elected pair of Ong - Chua.
Words of campaigning to oust Ong as President of MCA has been going on for a long time while Ong is kept busy with his Ministerial duties, Presidential duties and obligation to the people to report on the latest of PKFZ.
I strongly believe MCA's Presidential Council and Ong would not have "disciplined" Dr Chua if not for the year long instability caused by him and his supporters, though the sacking shocked me.
This should have been said in late 2008 after the Party elections. Give Ong Tee Keat a chance to run and reform MCA.
Having said all these, allow me to commend Dr Chua for his excellent track record as Minister of Health. I was and still is one of the many who envied Dr Chua's dedication.
Today, Barisan Nasional come as a priority at A PIECE OF MY MIND.
MORE TO COME
(Credits to Malaysiakini and The Star for the photos)