Chua backs youth leader in Perkasa tiff

By Clara Chooi, The Malaysian Insider

Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has come out in defence of an MCA Youth leader’s criticism of Perkasa and refused to be pressured into sacking the latter.

The party president pointed out to The Malaysian Insider this afternoon that, if anything, the MCA had its own method of dealing with disciplinary problems involving its members and would follow the due process when it was deemed fit.

He also defended Low Chew June, the Youth wing’s deputy secretary-general, and said that “on the surface”, the leader had not committed any wrong.

“You cannot simply call on a party to sack its member. We, in MCA, have our own disciplinary committee to investigate these matters,” he said.

Dr Chua added that Low had a right to speak his mind on whatever topic, as long as he did not breach the party’s code of conduct.

“However, on the surface, I do not think he has breached any code of conduct,” he pointed out.

Low, along with Penang Gerakan chief Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan, has been at loggerheads with Malay rights group Perkasa when the duo criticised the organisation, calling it “racist”.

Perkasa Youth chief Arman Azha Abu Hanifah took offence to the criticism and called on both Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders to apologise within 48-hours from Friday or he would pressure Gerakan and MCA leaders to sack them.