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29/08/2009

Najib wants fast resolution of MCA to avoid negative impact

Najib wants fast resolution of MCA to avoid negative impact

KUALA LUMPUR Aug 28 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today urged the MCA to resolve its internal crisis quickly to avoid negative repercussions on the party and the Barisan Nasional (BN).

Najib, who is also the BN chairman, said he was concerned about the crisis in the BN’s second largest component party.

“I hope both sides will think of the BN interest.

“Don’t let the crisis reach a stage where the society and the voters reject the MCA, and by implication, the BN,” he said after opening the first meeting fo the National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC) here.

He hoped that the crisis could be resolved through a mediator as both sides were adamant in their stand.

On Wednesday the MCA presidential council decided to expel deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek with immediate effect for his sex scandal in 2007 which was said to have tarnished the party’s image.

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, in announcing the decision, said the decision was taken on the recommendation of the party’s disciplinary committee.

Following the decision, six Johor MCA divisions expressed their dissatisfaction and called on the disciplinary committee to review the sacking and temporarily strip the president of his powers.

The Pontian, Kota Tinggi, Gelang Patah, Tebrau, Tanjung Piai and Pulai MCA divisions also wanted the disciplinary committee to investigate the allegation by Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing that he had given RM10 million to Ong for the MCA.

Meanwhile, Najib, when asked to comment on the Umno problem in Terengganu, said Umno was working to calm the situation.

It was reported recently that Ajil assemblyman Datuk Rosol Wahid and eight other state assemblymen in Terengganu proposed to leave Umno and join Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

However, Rosol had denied the report saying that it was a ploy to tarnish Umno’s image and provoke him and his colleagues to join PKR.

He said they had never discussed leaving Umno to join other parties despite the internal problems among Umno leaders in the state.

— BERNAMA

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