MCA Deputy President Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, who was embroiled in a sex scandal early last year, has been sacked from the party with immediate effect, party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat announced Wednesday night.
He said MCA’s Presidential Concil in a lengthy meeting collectively made a decision to accept the disciplinary board’s recommendation to expel Chua from the party with immediate effect.
Ong said that under Article 127 (A) of the party constitution, Chua was allowed to appeal the decision to the Central Committee within 14 days.
He said according to Article 128 of MCA’s constitution, the decision of the central committee on matters of discipline was final and conclusive and shall not be subject to question by or in any court of law.
“We did so with a heavy heart after giving much consideration to the damage inflicted upon the party image brought about by his sex scandal featured in a DVD. “This decision has been made in the best interest of the party,” Ong said in a press conference soon after the meeting ended.
Ong also said that he would explain the decision of the Presidential Council to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also Barisan Nasional chairman.
“We, as members of the Presidential Council will stand as one and we shall collectively be responsible for this decision,” he added, wihout responding to questions raised by members of the media, who had waited for almost six hours.
Meanwhile, Dr Chua said he was not suprised with the decision.
He said many party members had expected it following Ong deeming him a threat to the party. Dr Chua said this before he left Wisma MCA here where the council deliberated his case.
However, he said, as a member who loved the party and loyal to it, he would accept the decision.
Asked whether he would appeal, he said: “Whether to appeal or not to appeal I have not given any thought about it”.
He also stated that he would not join the opposition. — BERNAMA