KUALA LUMPUR, 16 July 2009: MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has been summoned to appear before the party’s disciplinary board next month over a complaint filed by a division chief on his involvement in a sex DVD scandal.
A party source said today the five-member board headed by former secretary-general and former health minister Ng Cheng Kiat would conduct the hearing and a notice had been issued to Chua to attend the hearing at Wisma MCA on 4 Aug.
“Chua’s case is one of the 40 outstanding cases in the file that need to be investigated by the disciplinary board. The complaint was filed a few months before the party election last year but the board at that time decided to put on hold any investigation as it was near the party election,” the source said.
“Now that the party election is over, the disciplinary board will resume its investigation on the matter together with the other cases filed,” he said.
The source also said the disciplinary board had so far only issued two show-cause letters to two local MCA leaders in Perak and Johor following complaints from party members.
In the Johor case, the person had to explain his action in criticising the party, some Members of Parliament and state assemblyperson while in the Perak case, a local leader had to explain why he participated in a function organised by the DAP, he said.
As for Chua, he said, the former health minister and now Barisan Nasional coordinator for the states under Pakatan Rakyat, was only served a notice, and not a show-cause letter, to appear before the board to answer the charges filed by a division chairperson.
Ng was appointed to the MCA disciplinary board after the party election in October 2008, together with Datuk Jimmy Low Boon Hong, Datuk Ng Soon Por, Dr Lai Kuan Fook and Lau Chih Siang. All of them declined to comment when contacted.
In late 2007, the DVDs, which were believed to contain secret recordings by unknown parties of Chua and his partner engaged in sexual acts, were circulated in several places in Johor.
Following that, in early 2008, Chua admitted he was the man in a sex DVD and later, announced his resignation as health minister, MCA vice-president, Johor MCA chairperson and Batu Pahat division chairperson. He accused his rivals in MCA of being behind the recordings.
However, in the party election in October 2008, Chua made a stunning comeback when he was elected deputy president after defeating then party secretary-general and housing and local government minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan for the post.
Chua, when contacted, confirmed that he had been issued a notice to appear before the party disciplinary board but declined to comment further.
“I do not want to pre-empt the disciplinary board,” he said. — Bernama