Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai was offered to be part of the “greater unity plan” by MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat but he rejected the offer, according to party sources.
Under the proposed plan, Liow was offered to be retained as party deputy president while Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek would be appointed secretary-general.
However, Liow decided to reject the plan at the last minute and chose to continue to push for fresh polls to resolve the stalement following the outcome of the Oct 10 extraordinary general meeting (EGM).
“For the past few days, there had been discussions between Ong and Liow through emissaries. However, Liow did not make up his mind.
“Ong had waited at his house until Monday midnight together with the emissaries. However, Liow did not turn up and decided not to accept the unity plan,” a source said.
The same source said the unity plan included all leaders in the party but Liow and his group rejected it.
The source said in executing the plan and to accommodate most factions in the party, not all of Dr Chua’s supporters were appointed to hold party positions.
“For example, not all the three appointed central committee (CC) members who were appointed by Ong yesterday are aligned to Dr Chua.
“If you look properly, only his son Chua Tee Yong is from Dr Chua’s camp. The others like Datuk Tan Chin Ming is actually more aligned to former MCA secretary-general Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan while Datuk Donald Lim is on his own,” the source said.
Former MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn said there was no doubt that the situation in the party was a worrying one for MCA, but party members should give Ong and Dr Chua a chance to cooperate and implement the greater unity plan.
“Whether there is an EGM or not, the bottom line is that the plan needs to get the support of the delegates. Therefore, in the coming AGM, the plan must be endorsed by the delegates,” he said.