Published on: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: More than two-thirds of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Supreme Council members have jointly signed a letter expressing loss of confidence in party President Datuk Liew Vui Keong, said Senator Datuk Chin Su Phin.
Chin claimed the letter was signed by the Supreme Council members on August 28 and that it had caused Liew to lose power as the leader of the party rendering all his actions from then onwards to be illegal.
In this respect, Chin claimed he is still the legal Deputy President of LDP.
Commenting on Liew's announcement on Aug 31 after chairing the LDP Presidential Council meeting in Sandakan to take action against 28 Supreme Council members including removing Chin from his post and terminating office bearers' appointment, he said 27 of 35 Supreme Council members attended the press conference that he had called on Aug 28.
"Twenty-seven Supreme Council members signed their names in the written requisition to the party President to hold a Supreme Council meeting to resolve the current party crisis on that day (Aug 28)."
He said majority of the Supreme Council members, or more than two-thirds of the council members, have put down their signatures, which meant they have lost confidence in Liew's leadership.
"Although the party President has certain powers, the basic requirement is that the President must have the support from more than two-thirds of the Supreme Council members.
"When Datuk Liew Vui Keong lost the support from two-thirds of Supreme Council members, he has lost his power."
Chin said Liew had notified seven members of the Presidential Council, including Chin, of the meeting in Sandakan on August 31.
According to Chin, the Presidential Council has 16 members while the quorum is at least eight members. Chin said only Liew and the 'new Secretary-General' Loretto S. Padua Jr were present at the Presidential Council meeting till noon on August 31.
This means that the Presidential Council on that day should be aborted due to a lack of quorum, he said.
However, Liew announced the sacking of over 20 Supreme Council members, including Chin, Deputy Secretary General Ho Jia Lit, Treasurer General Fong Keng Sin, Deputy Treasurer General Albert Ngan Yun Kiang, Chief Publicity Officer Albert Kok Yuk Ken and Organising Secretary Yong Wui Chung after the meeting was aborted, he said.
This was followed by Liew's announcement on his newly-appointed treasurer general, chief publicity officer, organising secretary, deputy secretary general, deputy treasurer general and three Supreme Council members, and held a Presidential Council meeting after that.
Chin said Liew's actions were clearly an abuse of power, which violated the party constitution.
Chin said he had received a letter on September 2 from the 'new Secretary- General' Loretto, which he believed was based on the instruction from Liew.
The letter stated Chin's removal as the member of the Supreme Council on grounds that he failed to carry out the recent instructions of the Supreme Council made on June 9, 2013.
Chin argued that this was a tyranny by the party President, as even though the Supreme Council had agreed on retaining the leadership of the party President and Deputy President, member Chia Butf Shan @ Chiang Bhat Sing has pointed out that the Supreme Council should accept contests for the top two party posts if any party member wished to do so.
Hence, Chin said it was illegal for Liew to sack the Deputy President and Supreme Council members from their posts on these grounds.
The letter to Chin also stated that the Presidential Council has decided to suspend him and remove him from his respective positions in the party pending action by the disciplinary committee.
"I am the disciplinary committee chairman, doesn't that sound self-contradictory?"
The letter also warned Chin against speaking or releasing any press statements or attending or officiating whatever functions of the party or do or say whatsoever on behalf of the party, failing which further action can be taken against Chin.
"On what grounds can Liew stop me from speaking to the media? Even the Prime Minister will not prohibit others from speakingÉthis shows the Prime Minister is open-minded and Liew is being tyrannous and overbearing.
"Sue me if you can, I'll see you in court!"
Chin said the letter had stated that he had been issuing instruction to the LDP Women movement on how the funds should be disbursed.
Chin claimed that he had never instructed the Women movement on how to use their funds.
As the Deputy President, Chin said the Women Movement had sought his opinion and he was merely providing his opinion and not 'instruction' on how to disburse the funds per se.
Chin said the allegation was a slander and a tactic to damage his reputation, and he would reserve the right to take legal action.
On the other hand, Chin said they would proceed with the Supreme Council meeting that was requested by the 27 Supreme Council members on Sept 6, 8pm and the outcome would be announced after the meeting.