Published on: Saturday, January 04, 2014
Kota Kinabalu: The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has determined the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) congress and party election held on Oct. 19-21 last year that saw Datuk Teo Chee Kang elected unopposed as new party president to be legitimate.
As the recognised party leader of LDP, Teo urged former President Datuk Liew Vui Keong to respect and accept the ruling of RoS.
"Our present priority is to close ranks with leaders and members of the party," said Teo who is also State Special Tasks Minister.
Senator Datuk Chin Su Phin won unopposed as the LDP deputy president at the occasion.
Teo believed the party crisis had come to an end following the ruling and thanked RoS Malaysia. Teo was notified by RoS on the findings through a letter sent to him dated Jan. 2.
He also thanked Prime Minister cum Barisan Nasional (BN) Chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for his blessing, as well as Sabah Chief Minister cum State BN Chairman Datuk Seri Musa Aman for his support and blessing since the onset of LDP leadership dispute in August last year.
"Musa has given us sufficient time to resolve this crisis," he said, adding that he was also grateful to LDP's former President, Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat, for adopting an independent and neutral stance during the party crisis.
"Chong is the founder and the person who drafted the Party Constitution.
The party crisis was caused by different interpretations of the Party Constitution and Chong played an active role in resolving the crisis."
Teo also expressed his gratitude towards LDP leaders and members for fighting alongside him and giving him 100 per cent support the past few months.
The main task for LDP now, he said, was to close ranks with leaders and members to enable all to serve the party as a united team.
"There were no Teo and Liew's factions during the party crisis.
All of us serve under LDP, no one has departed from the party."
On another note, Teo pointed out that many times differing opinions occur in politics and it was understandable. "The party crisis is nothing personal," he said.
Meanwhile, Datuk V K Liew said he is reserving his comments regarding the RoS letter. "I will only comment when I, as an interested party, receive a copy of the same letter from RoS," said Liew, when contacted, Friday.
Liew and Teo were embroiled in a leadership tussle since last year following the announcement by the latter to go for the president post in the party's election. Liew said Teo who was supported by Chin and several other Supreme Council members had gone against the resolution endorsed during the first Supreme Council meeting after the 13th General Election last year that the top two posts should not be contested.
Teo then said he was merely responding to the call by the party grassroots who wanted a change in the leadership.
Along the line, Liew either sacked or suspended LDP Supreme Council members who were aligned with Teo and Chin before appointing new ones to replace them. In response, Teo with his own set of LDP Supreme Council members also convened and decided to remove Liew as President, which later was among the motions tabled in a Special Meeting attended by party delegates.
The two sides finally sat down together in Putrajaya at the RoS Malaysia office to find a solution to the matter.
After the meeting, Loretto S Padua Jr, who was the newly appointed Sec-Gen in Liew's camp issued a statement that the party congress on Oct 19 and 21, last year, had been postponed following advice from the RoS, which was later denied by Teo's camp.