Will the MCA disciplinary committee be calling off the hearing of party deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s involvement in a sex DVD case after the complainant withdrew his complaint?
Simpang Renggam MCA division chairman Eng Cheng Guan had last year filed a complaint with the MCA disciplinary committee requesting action against Dr Chua for tarnishing the party’s reputation and image, and breaching the code of conduct for MCA members by appearing in the sex DVD.
However, Eng Thursday said he had notified the committee yesterday that he was withdrawing the complaint and did not intend to pursue the case anymore.
“It has been long enough. In politics, even one day is considered long. I made the complaint in 2008. It’s already more than a year now,” he told Bernama here today.
Eng said the decision to withdraw the case was his own and he was not told or pressured by anyone to do so.
He had addressed the complaint letter to Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy, the then party deputy president and head of the MCA disciplinary committee. Chan stepped down from the posts after the party elections in October last year.
In late 2007, copies of the DVD, believed to be of a secret recording by unknown parties of Dr Chua and his partner engaging in sex, were circulated in several places in Johor.
Following this, Dr Chua admitted that he was the person in the DVD and he resigned from all government and party posts.
However, Eng in his letter dated May 28, 2008 requested the party to take action against Dr Chua, a few months before the party elections in which he was elected party deputy president.
Earlier this month, Dr Chua was issued a notice to appear before the disciplinary committee on Aug 4, after the five-member committee headed by former party secretary-general and former health minister Datuk Ng Cheng Kiat decided to conduct the hearing which was put on hold just before the party elections.
Dr Chua’s case is one of 40 outstanding cases in the file to be investigated by the disciplinary committee, but he said he was puzzled by the motive behind the decision to summon him, more than one and a half year after the incident.
However, party sources told Bernama that the committee would proceed with the hearing as Eng’s complaint had been adopted by the party’s Presidential Council(PC), which referred it to the committee after it was established that there was a prima facie case.
“We regard this as a complaint from the PC. Whether he (Eng) has withdrawn the complaint or not, it’s not important anymore,” a source said.
“The disciplinary committee has every right to proceed with the hearing and investigation. This is like you lodge a police report. You cannot withdraw,” the source added.