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'Food fight' at Wanita MCA meeting

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Sun, Mar 07, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network

     
 

BY FOONG PEK YEE and LEE YUK PENG

KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita MCA delegates were torn between two sides when they arrived at the party headquarters here for their annual general meeting.

A group of Wanita leaders aligned to Wanita chief Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun were seen coaxing the delegates to go to the restaurant opposite Wisma MCA to have dim sum with Chew.

At a certain point, the coaxing turned ugly. Some supporters of the opposing camp saw the breakfast invitation as a ploy to derail the AGM.

One delegate, Chong Sau Chan, put it bluntly: "We put aside our household chores to come here to discuss party matters and not to have breakfast."

Most said being invited for breakfast with the boss was certainly an honour but not when the feuding factions were out to put up a show of power.

Those aligned to Chew claimed that over 400 delegates " more than the350 who registered for the AGM " joined her for the almost three-hour breakfast that started as early as7.30am but Chew's detractors claimed the figure was inflated and that some of them at the breakfast were not delegates.

The start of the AGM inside the San Choon Hall in Wisma MCA was no less dramatic.

Speaker Ooi Siew Kim and deputy speaker Lee Pit Chern kicked off the event at 9am by declaring that the AGM should be adjourned.

The delegates jeered.

Wanita national organising secretary Tan Cheng Liang - a tall and gutsy lady - then grabbed the microphone and declared that Ong Chong Swen, who is Kelana Jaya MCA chairman, would be the replacement Speaker.

During the AGM, several delegates and central committee members criticised party leaders for wanting to postpone the AGM.

Ong also joined in the criticism until she suddenly realised that she was Speaker. "I am the Speaker. I should not be talking so much," she said.

She adjourned the AGM at noon.

By then, the delegates were more relaxed and posed happily for press photographers before collecting their lunch packets outside the hall.

 
 

 

 

 
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