Published on: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: Embattled Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Datuk VK Liew said the disputing group of leaders from the party attended a meeting with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) in Putrajaya on Monday.
"It was a long meeting and at the end of the day, it was agreed by all parties that, amongst other things, the party's 24th Congress fixed for Oct. 19-20 be postponed to a later date to be decided by the Party's Election Committee," he said, when contacted, Tuesday.
Liew said the meeting was chaired by RoS Director General Mohammad Razin Abdullah together with his Deputy, Haji Alias Mamat. With Liew at the meeting were Datuk Pang Yuk Ming, Charlie Pang and Loretto S Padua Jr. while in the other group were Datuk Teo Chee Kang together with Datuk Chin Su Pin, Chin Su Yin and Peter Chong Su Leong.
Liew said party members thereby are advised that there would be no party's congress or conference this weekend at Kota Kinabalu or Sandakan.
"Further announcement will be made by the Party's Election Committee in due course.
My deepest appreciation to RoS and everyone concerned for their patience, understanding and cooperation in the matter," he said.
Teo, when contacted, confirmed there was such a meeting but denied an agreement at the end of the meeting to postpone the congress, which is to be held at Star City here on Oct 19 and 20 that was fixed by the Supreme Council before the crisis erupted.
"RoS played the role as a mediator attempting to find common grounds and set aside differences between the two factions in the party," he said. "It is regretted that Liew chose to unilaterally announce the postponement of party congress.
"In the absence of an agreement on the matter, we were advised by the RoS to do whatever we deem as right and proper under the party constitution, which include proceeding with the Congress.
"In fact it is the wish of the grassroots to proceed with the congress and elections without further delay. As such, we will proceed with the party Congress and elections as scheduled," he said.
Teo said all leaders nominated to contest in the party elections are urged to submit their duly signed consent forms to the Election Committee or Party Headquarters by Oct 16.
"Delegates from all divisions are urged to exercise their right to attend the congress and let their voices be heard," he said.