MCA bans statements ‘that damage party image’

By Lee Wei Lian, The Malaysian Insider

MCA today has effectively gagged members from making public statements that damages the party image or affects the party leadership.

The ban comes after party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said that there was a campaign in MCA to topple him, after which he was chided by his deputy Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek, who said Ong should “stop playing the victim” and should “re-evaluate himself”.

MCA secretary Datuk Wong Foon Meng said in a press conference after the presidential council meeting today that recent statements caused the party to issue the ban and that it was “not a gag order” but that members were welcome to make constructive criticisms that adhere to party guidelines or use internal party channels to solve grievances.

When asked to give specific examples of recent such statements, Wong deferred to Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, who said that some statements have been referred to the party disciplinary committee for elements of “baseless slander”.

Members who fail to heed the ban will be referred to the disciplinary committee.