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MCA did not sanction Chua-Husam meeting

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 May 2009: MCA, the largest Chinese-based party in the country, never endorsed or authorised its deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek to initiate talks with PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa on the Perak political crisis.

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, in clearing the air on the issue, said the party leadership also did not meet to discuss the talks (between Chua and Husam) but “was only briefed by him (Chua) yesterday on the meeting”.

“There was no meeting convened to sanction such a meeting (between Chua and Husam),” he told reporters after opening the Franchising and Exhibition Seminar organised by MCA Youth Economic Task Force at Wisma MCA, here.

Ong, who is also Transport Minister, said this when asked on the meeting between Chua and Husam recently.

Chua, in his blog yesterday, revealed that he and his son Chua Tee Yong, who is also Labis Member of Parliament, met Husam to discuss the political situation in Perak.

Aside from Perak, they also discussed politics in general and agreed that there was too much politicking in the country.         

However, when asked on MCA’s stand on the Perak issue, Ong said it was best to leave it to the courts to unravel the political puzzle in the state.

On Barisan Nasional’s (BN) decision not to contest the Penanti state by-election end of the month, he said the decision did not mean that the ruling coalition was bowing out due to opposition pressure.

“In fact, they can say anything they like. It’s nothing new to me. We don’t want to be dictated by their (opposition’s) political game,” he said, referring to claims by the opposition that BN feared losing the by-election in Penang.

He also reiterated that BN as the government will not dance to the tune of the opposition, but instead it would continue to focus on performance and delivery for the people. — Bernama

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