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THE 12TH GENERAL ELECTION:MCA postpones party polls – Malaysiakini (6) Updated

Posted on: January 8, 2008

MCA postpones party polls
Beh Lih Yi | Jan 8, 08 5:43pm
The MCA central committee today unanimously voted to postpone the party elections that will begin from March in view of the impending general election, expected to be called in March.

“As such, the party election process shall commence within three months after the conclusion of the general election for the country,” party president Ong Ka Ting told reporters after chairing a five-hour meeting at the MCA headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

Ong declined to answer directly if the party’s decision was made based on insider information from the ruling Barisan Nasional – in which MCA is the second largest party – on the date for the general election.

“I think the media has turned the topic of the general election into a very hot issue and any Malaysian who reads newspapers will not disagree with this (theory). We would not know how soon it is, but it’s time for us to get ready,” he said.

He also declined to speculate on when the polls would be held when asked by reporters.

The MCA party constitution was amended last year to allow the central committee – the party’s highest decision-making body – to postpone the party polls on the grounds of an impending general election. However this provision can only be used after the lapse of a three-and-a-half years after the last general election.

The last general election was held in March 2004 and the party’s constitutional amendment kicks into effect from September 2007 to allow the party to postpone its polls.

The triennial party election was scheduled to kick off in March with elections at branch and divisional levels, followed by the election of office-bearers into top party posts later.

The MCA’s decision today also raised the speculations on the general election being called any time soon, more so after the police force have reportedly had their leaves frozen and the Election Commission’s warning that the election is “around the corner”.

Legally, the general election is not due until April 2009 but the decision to call for an election is entirely Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s.

 
 

2 Responses to "THE 12TH GENERAL ELECTION:MCA postpones party polls – Malaysiakini (6) Updated"

A dirty move by okt so that he could drop all his political rivals in the party in the GE. That way, he would not be challenged in the coming party polls.That way, he could also protect his elder brother ong ka chuan by finding him a safe seat. OKT wants to create
mca history by making sure the Ong family occupies 2 of the 4 ministrial posts. A great Ong family! This is healthy political culture for okt.

Yes, Intan.Enuf is enuf. Stop the Rot, Vote for Change! We must all make a stand and brave for change.Together we’ll make it better.BN got 50 years chance already. They hv become bad to worse and worsening…

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If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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