Emergency Meeting. The MCA is expected to drop Dr Chua Soi Lek, its vice president, at the party's Emergency Presidential Meeting at 5 pm today in Wisma MCA, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, over the sex-with-personal-friend video scandal.
That would be the cue for the Prime Minister to drop him as the Health Minister. Some people argue it should be the other way round: the PM drops him from the Cabient post and Ong Ka Ting will have the easier decision of leaving him out at the next party election.
Dr Chua's refusal to resign from party and government posts after having met the PM, the DPM and OKT has raised the eyebrows of even the most seasoned political observers.
Former NSTP group editor-in-chief A. Kadir Jasin, on his blog The Scribe, wrote that "in a more moral environment, where integrity and propriety matter, a politician in Chua's position would have resigned". Instead, Kadir noted, "(Chua) apologised to the Malaysian public, his supporters and colleagues, but adamant that he would not resign and, curiously, leave the decision to the Prime Minister".
Ex-political editor Nuraina A. Samad is baffled by the PM's quiet. "Is he taking the cue from the MCA?"
Some of my commenters, however, felt that Dr Chua's extra-marital affair is a private matter and should not be made a reason to force the minister to quit.
Let's see if the MCA big guns agree ...