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Wong won’t quit Senate deputy president post

PETALING JAYA, 25 Nov 2008:  Newly-appointed MCA secretary-general Datuk Wong Foon Meng said he will not quit his post as Senate deputy president.

“The issue of resignation does not arise at all,” Wong told The Nut Graph when asked whether he would tender his resignation after his appointment as secretary-general in the new MCA line-up on 11 Nov.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang has asked Wong to resign in order to avoid a conflict of interest between his party and the government post. Lim cited the case of Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, who resigned as Kota Marudu Umno division chief after he was appointed Dewan Rakyat speaker.

Wong, who is also Selangor MCA chief, said as long as he can draw a line between his party and the government post, the issue of conflict of interest does not arise.

“When I deal with party administration, it will not affect my work in the Senate. When I go back to Senate, I chair the sitting of the House in a fair manner, based on the Standing Orders. I treat all political party members equally in the House,” he said.

Wong was appointed as the Senate deputy president in June 2004. His term will end in 2010. Speakers and senators in Malaysia are appointed for a three-year term, with a maximum of up to two terms.

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