Published on: Thursday, March 21, 2013
Ipoh: Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek on Wednesday declined to confirm or dismiss speculation that he would resign as the MCA President if Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat is fielded as a Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate in the next general election.
He said this was to respect the confidentiality of the communication between him and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
"I do not say it is not true. I do not say it is true, because the communication between me and the Prime Minister has to be respected.
The moment I leave the room, I have to honour that pledge.
"All discussions with the Prime Minister are always regarded as information between him and me, and should not be shared with the public," he told reporters after a visit to Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Phui Ying in Simpang Pulai, here.
A news portal on Wednesday reported quoting a Chinese language newspaper as claiming that Chua told a party central committee meeting on Tuesday that he would resign if the BN announced Ong as its candidate for the Pandan parliamentary constituency.
On the announced intention of DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang to contest in the Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency in Johor in the next general election, Chua said Lim only contested in Chinese-majority areas while hailing the party as being multi-racial.
"Furthermore, what's his contribution to the constituency?
I would say zero. He has been the MP for Ipoh Timur for two terms.
What has he done? I think the constituents do not even get to see him in person, only on posters, in newspapers and over the television," he said. - Bernama