Tee Keat: Soi Lek ‘immoral’

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, The Malaysian Insider

 Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat renewed his battle against Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek today — for the first time since losing his presidency — calling the current MCA president an “immoral man.”

Ong said that Chua could not be trusted as he was a leader who did not keep his promises and accused Chua of drawing on public sympathy to sidetrack from his sex DVD scandal in 2007.

“This is a man who is not only immoral, he is also one who will not keep his word or promises, as displayed by his failure to keep his words and promises to quit all posts after he was caught having extra marital affairs with a woman,” Ong said in a statement on the eve of the Lunar New Year celebrations.

On January 1, 2008, Chua who was then MCA vice-president, Health Minister and Labis MP admitted to having an affair with another woman, and quit all his posts in the government and the party.

Chua took over from Ong as MCA president last year in the party’s most divisive elections ever.

But Ong claimed today that Chua’s move in resigning back then was merely a trick to gain public support and sympathy as means of damage control over his sex scandal.

The former MCA president said that while Chua had resigned from his posts, Chua did not resign as Labis MP before Parliament dissolution in 2008.

“He was then schematic enough to cling on to his post as Labis MP because he was well aware that he would be barred from contesting in elections for five years should he resign as promised. But what made things worse was that he had the audacity to claim ignorance on the necessity for him to tender his resignation to the Speaker.

“As an educated man who graduated as a medical doctor, do you believe he is that ignorant?” asked Ong, who was Transport Minister until he lost the party elections.

During the recently-concluded Tenang by-election, The Star reported that the DAP had challenged Chua to resign as MCA president if he failed to gain support from the Chinese community during the by-election.

The opposition party has however challenged this report and said that its contents were untrue.