“It’s not that I cannot accept [Chua]. A lot of party members cannot accept him — even my 13 CC members cannot accept him because that will further tarnish the party image.
“I’ve been talking so much about the party’s interest, so if I support Soi Lek to become the president, I will be the man who will be accused by the members of not caring about the party but about himself.
“I’ve told you I have no personal problem with anybody. I can work with him, but how do I face the members? Even now because Tee Keat is working with Soi Lek, people are scolding so much. Why go and bring him back when people are scolding him so much? And now, he’s deputy. If I’m supposed to work with him and he becomes president (laughs), I better resign.”
THEN MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in an interview with theSun in February 2010. Liow, together with 12 other central committee members, submitted their undated resignation letters in December 2009 in the hopes of triggering fresh party elections following Chua’s reinstatement as deputy president. (Source: Party comes first, theSun, 18 Feb 2010)
“We will work together to unite the party.
“I can work with Dr Chua and I will play my role as deputy president to the best of my ability. From now on, let’s work together for the future of the party and ensure it is stable and united.”
“From the start, there has never been a ‘team’ or ‘camp’. We (Liow and Ong) only worked together as we shared the same ideology and views on how to unite the party, but there was no ‘camp’.”
Liow, after the MCA‘s 28 Mar 2010 party elections in which Chua was elected party president. Liow, who was elected deputy president, was reportedly aligned to former MCA president Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting, who lost to Chua by over 60 votes. (Source: It’s time to unite MCA and move on, says Liow, The Star, 29 Mar 2010)
“I do not want my personal decision to create turmoil in the party.”
“Many people have the wrong perception of me being against Dr Chua personally. This is really a matter of principles and values which I uphold.”
Wanita MCA chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, answering questions from reporters on whether she would resign now that Chua has been elected MCA president. Chew had reportedly said in 2009 that she would resign if Chua became president.
Chew told reporters she “stood by what she had said”, but needed to answer to Wanita delegates as she was elected by them. She said she would have to consult Wanita MCA committee members before making any decision. (Source: Chew to consult committee before making quit decision, The Star, 29 Mar 2010)
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