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Saturday, 10 October 2009

MCA EGM: Delegates reject Ong and Chua

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA delegates have rejected Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat to remain as the party's president and Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek as deputy president.

A total of 1,155 delegates said they have no confidence in Ong's leadership while 1,141 endorsed his leadership at the party's EGM on Saturday.

A total of 2,304 delegates cast their votes.

The delegates also voted for Dr Chua to remain only as a member, and not as deputy president.

Results of the votes on the three resolutions:

Resolution 1: that the members of the general assembly have no confidence in the leadership of president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

Adopt: 1155

Reject: 1141

Resolution 2: that the presidential council's decision on Aug 26 in accepting the recommendation of the disciplinary board and the subsequent decision of the central committee (if any) to expel or suspend Dr Chua is annulled.

Adopt: 1204

Reject: 1095

Resolution 3: that Dr Chua be rightfully restored as MCA deputy president.

Adopt: 1110

Reject: 1184

Earlier, of the 2,307 delegates who registered for the EGM, only 2,304 cast their votes from 10.30am to 11.55am. Three did not collect their ballot papers.

The total turnout of delegates is at 96.93% attendance rate.

Delegates had to show their party membership card and MyKad to collect the ballot papers

No photographers and reporters were allowed in the hall.

The EGM decided that only the first three resolutions be put to vote and the remaining two resolutions deemed irrelevant.

After opening the EGM, speaker Datuk Yik Phooi Hong put the suggestion to the delegates, who accepted this through the show of hands.

Resolution 4 and 5 were scrapped as no appointment of deputy president had been made as Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek was not sacked.

No disciplinary action would be taken against those who called for the EGM.

The registration process for the EGM began on Friday and closed at 10.30am Saturday.

Dr Chua, who arrived at 8.10am, told reporters that he would accept any decision made at the end of the day.

Vice-presidents Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha also arrived early for the meeting.

Liow said he hoped the delegates would show maturity and make decisions in the best interests of the party.

Ong, who arrived at about 9.15am, was instantly greeted by his supporters, who cheered him on and gave him words of encouragement.

EGM guidelines state that any recount of votes would be allowed only if there was a difference of 1% of the total votes cast.

In the event of a draw, the speaker may exercise his right by casting an extra vote as provided for in Article 169 of the party constitution. But if the speaker elects not to vote, then lots would be drawn.

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