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Appointed … (from left) Lim, Tan and Chua

Ong sacks four MCA CC ‘dissidents’
There is good law and bad law, and it is quite misleading to say that because something is stated in a law, it must be followed. We must do a test to see whether the law is just.”
– Edmund Bon, Chairman of the Bar Council’s Constitutional Law Committee

by Giam Say Khoon

Datuk under MACC probe goes missing
by Tim Leonard

PETALING JAYA: A businessman under probe by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for a multi-million ringgit corruption case has gone missing. The businessman, who holds a Datukship and has strong political connections, is believed to have fled the country when he learnt that he was to be arrested and produced in court last week. A senior MACC official told theSun the probe was initiated almost a year ago and it involved officers from the investigations department and the commission’s Anti-Money Laundering unit. “Based on initial investigations, the suspect had worked closely with bank employees to carry out the corrupt practices,” said the official. The official also revealed that a few others are expected to be detained in connection with the case. But the official declined to comment if those involved included politicians. Based on information received by theSun, the sum involved is close to RM10 million, making it one of the biggest corruption cases in the country. MACC got a big break in the case when a bank employee spilled the beans on the modus operandi and those responsible for manipulating the financial system through corrupt practices. The MACC is seeking the Interpol’s help to locate the Datuk.

Sacked … (from top) Gan, Chor, Chai and Yoo

KUALA LUMPUR: Four MCA president-appointed central committee (CC) members who opposed the Datuk Seri Ong Tee KeatDatuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek’s Greater Unity Plan (GUP) were sacked yesterday. The four, all aligned to the CC-appointed deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, are organising secretary Yoo Wei How, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung, Datuk Chai Kim Sen and Gan Hong Su. In place, Ong has appointed Chua’s son and Labis MP Tee Yong, Petaling Jaya Selatan MCA chief Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai and former Perak assemblyman Tan Chin Meng as CC members. Following a letter yesterday morning from the Registrar of Societies (ROS), ruling that Chua was still the legitimate deputy president after the outcome of the Oct 10 extraordinary general meeting (EGM), Liow now reverts to his position as vice-president. The 2,307 delegates to the EGM had passed a motion of no confidence against Ong with a 14-vote majority while rejecting Chua as deputy president with a 74-vote majority. However, the party constitution states that elected central leaders can only be removed from office in an EGM by two-thirds of the central delegates. In a press conference, Chor said he and three others received termination letters for unknown reasons in the morning when they were preparing to attend the 1pm CC meeting. “He (Ong) has appointed three new members to fill the vacancies. On one hand, he (Ong) talks about unity, on the other hand, he is getting rid of those who oppose his views. “We feel it’s revenge for supporting the requisitioning of another EGM. We are only sacked because we are appointed CC members,” said Chor. “The wellbeing of the party is of para-

mount importance. Position in the party is secondary to all of us. “I have the most to lose as I was an appointed CC member and I am also a deputy finance minister. But for the good and image of the party, I have no choice,” he said. Chor said Ong had not shed his loneranger style and “he still acts unilaterally without much consultation”. He said the best way to resolve the crisis was through fresh elections as who ever wins in the election must be given the mandate to lead. Ong, in a press conference, defended his action to remove the four, saying it was unfair to say that (they were sacked) “as it was just a reshuffle in the CC”. “The CC acknowledged their contribution to the party but we need to include more leaders from the grassroots,” he said, adding that the decision was part of the annual review of their appointments. Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha was the only vice-president who was present at the press conference. The other vice-presidents are Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, who is abroad, Tan Kok Hong, Liow, Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and Women chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun. Ong also announced the appointment of Lim Hong Sang as the new legal bureau chief to replace Datuk Leong Tang Chong. He also said Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Senator Heng Seai Kie is replacing Lee Wei Kiat as the new information and communication bureau chief. He said the post of party organising secretary will be filled soon. In a separate press conference, Liow said he reserved his right to seek court declaration on his status as deputy president. He stressed that Article 174 of the party constitution had allowed the CC to interpret the outcome of the Oct 10 EGM and in the subsequent CC meeting, it had elected him as the new deputy president. “Section 18(C) of the Societies Act disallows the ROS from interfering with party

decisions. It (ROS’s decision) is not in accordance with the party constitution.” Liow, who was flanked by Wee and Chew, said some of the CC members were shocked with the president’s decision to sack the four appointed CC members. “The unity plan should be inclusive of everybody but four CC members had become the victims even before the plan can be implemented. “The president was not sincere to resolve the crisis and the Greater Unity Plan is not a plan to reunite the party but a plan to eliminate his political rivals,” he said. Liow also lamented that Ong had “insulted” him when the president told the press on Monday that he was among the few MCA cabinet ministers and deputy ministers who were briefed about the plan. He reiterated that he was not told about the contents of the plan. Meanwhile, reinstated deputy president Chua said the removal of the CC members was the prerogative of the president. “It is a traditional practice to review the appointments of the CC members because it is clear that the tenure for appointed CC and presidential council members is only for a year,” he said when met after the CC meeting. “I had never complained when my men were removed and they (the four sacked CC members) should never complain about it. I respect the decision of the president,” he added.

Hu Jintao, Susilo to visit Malaysia next week
PUTRAJAYA: President Hu Jintao of China and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia are scheduled to visit Malaysia next week, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said yesterday. He said Hu will be here on Nov 10 and 11 to reciprocate the state visits to China by Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail in 2005, when he was the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin who had attended the official opening of the Beijing Olympics in August last year. Hu will be accompanied by his wife Liu Yongqing, a 140-member delegation and 80 journalists. Anifah said Susilo will begin a twoday visit to Malaysia on Nov 11, his first visit abroad after having taken his oath of office as the Indonesian president for a second term, from 2009 to

2014. Susilo will be accorded a state welcome at Parliament Square, have an audience with Tuanku Mizan and hold talks with Najib. – Bernama

ample business opportunities along the way. Furthermore, both Malaysia and Turkey have a special relationship with Iraq,” he said. – Bernama

the performance of all its representatives. “I have warned all state assembly representatives and MPs, whose performance are not up to the mark, that they will be replaced,” he said.

PM meets ministers on Friday to gauge KPIs
SHAH ALAM: Datuk Seri Najib Razak will meet all the cabinet ministers on Friday to gauge the performance of their respective ministries based on the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and National Key Result Areas (NKRA). Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said it was in line with the firm commitment of the prime minister to change the quality of life of the people in the country by raising the effectiveness of the government since assuming the premiership in April. “We can’t play around, (we) must be serious. We want to prove that no matter what the situation is, the Barisan Nasional (BN) is a party that is more credible, capable in resolving (the problems of the people) and helping to champion the cause of the people,” he said at a gathering with the deputy prime minister at the Senior Citizens’ Club, here. – Bernama

Malaysia invited to rebuild Iraq
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has been invited to rebuild war-torn Iraq and assist in ensuring the people of Iraq enjoy a normal life again, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said here yesterday. Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Prof Dr Ahmet Davutoglu, Anifah said Iraq had invited not only Malaysia but also Turkey to help rebuild the country, which was heavily bombarded by Allied forces in the ouster of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. “We feel that maybe it is beneficial for us (Malaysia and Turkey) to work together in this venture, creating

Anwar apologises for weaknesses in PKR
KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim adopted an apologetic tone yesterday in admitting there were “some flaws” in its candidates, referring to Port Klang assemblyman Badrul Hisham Abdullah who quit PKR to be a Barisan Nasional-friendly representative. “We admit there are some flaws in our candidates. We admit that the selection process before March 8 was different. We admit that in that situation there were candidates who were chosen and did not show worthy performance and qualifications,” he told reporters at Parliament lobby. However, Anwar said with this experience, Pakatan Rakyat is taking note of

Datuk Wahid’s graft case postponed again
KUALA LUMPUR: The hearing of a corruption case involving former Immigration director-general Datuk Wahid Md Don was postponed again yesterday. Sessions court judge Rosbiahanin Ariffin postponed the hearing to Dec 2 after being informed that defence counsel Datuk V. Sithambaram was on sick leave. Wahid, 56, is alleged to have received RM60,000 from businessman Datuk Low Chang Hian to speed up the approval of visas for 4,337 Bangladeshi workers at his house at Jalan Lembah Ledang, Jalan Duta, at about 10.15 on July 10, 2007. – Bernama

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