File photo. Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat surrounded by supporters after elected as MCA president after the party election on 2008.

File photo. Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat surrounded by supporters after elected as MCA president after the party election on 2008.

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has said that he decided to call for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the party to allow members to deliver a verdict on several decisions made by the MCA leadership.

The decisions were particularly related to the party’s renewal and rejuvenation efforts, disciplinary cases and the handling of the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) issue, he said.

“With the EGM, I also hope to quell speculation, end uncertainty and put to rest elements which will split the MCA, as the party seeks to regain public support in time for the next general election.

“I am prepared to accept whatever verdict the EGM delivers,” he said in remarks posted on his blog, www.ongteekeat.net.

Ong said convening an EGM was a serious matter and that he had decided to call for it in order to allow members to reflect on where the MCA should head as the party has been a key member of the coalition government since independence 52 years ago and it was in 1952 that the MCA stood in its first elections under the Alliance coalition.

“I believe in listening to the members’ voice. It was for this reason that I made direct election of the MCA president a part of my electoral pledge in the run-up to last year’s party polls,” he said.

Ong said that if he were afraid or did not subscribe to the principles of transparency and accountability which he fervently believed in, he would have easily brushed aside dissenting views in the party.

“But that’s not me, as one can see from the level of transparency and accountability I adhered to in dealing with the PKFZ issue. It is my believe that with sufficient explanation and briefing, members will make the right choice on what’s best, not for Tee Keat, but for the party.

“I have faith that at the end of the day, we will be able to see past fiery emotions and will put the party above everything else,” he said.

Earlier, Ong had directed MCA secretary-general Datuk Wong Foon Meng to convene an EGM within 30 days as provided for under Article 30.1 of the MCA constitution.

Under the party constitution, the EGM notice has to be sent to the delegates 21 days before the EGM date, but the party can half that period. — BERNAMA