HEADNOTE: Article 35 of the MCA Constitution states that an EGM needs the votes of two-thirds of the delegates to oust the President.
Now, consider the outcome of the voting on Resolution 1: That the members of the general assembly have no confidence in the leadership of president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.There were 1155 delegates who voted FOR this resolution, against 1141 delegates who voted AGAINST it.
The margin, therefore, is 14.
That is clearly NOT a two-thirds margin!
Extraordinary, indeed. Yes, it is. The MCA members decided at the Extraordinary General Meeting today to pass a vote of no-confidence against their president, Ong Tee Keat, and to close the door on Chua Soi Lek's hope to be reinstated as the deputy president.
It looks like the members were fed up and decided to punish both men. Someone said it reflects the maturity of the MCA delegates.
The party is now without a president and a deputy president, but somehow many think this is the best outcome possible and that the next step for the party will be a step up.
[NST says it' s "Losers All"; it's "Dramatic Decisions" over at the Star. But Bernama decides to show us its sense of humor by asking Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for his opinion here].
Footnotes: The Malay Mail's online take, 2 Losers, 3rd Force Victors