MCA's phantom menace

Malaysian Chinese AssociationUPDATE SEPT 19 (11.43am): 

EFFORTS to cleanse the MCA membership list in the past was shot down for fear that the number would drop drastically, revealed a veteran party leader.

The leader said several individuals had worked on a paper that was presented to the party leadership to ensure all on the roll were active members.

“However several leaders were not keen with the idea as they were afraid this would decrease the total membership in the party,” said the leader who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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With barely three months to the MCA polls, the issue of phantom members in the beleaguered party has resurfaced, again, throwing the second largest entity in Barisan Nasional into disarray, an investigation by The Malay Mail has revealed.

The status of several branches are being questioned, and one — the Taman Tasik Jaya branch in Negri Sembilan — is on the brink of being wiped out.

It has emerged that certain members in the Negri branch are either affiliated to another political party or unaware they were part of MCA.

The revelations have further shaken the party — reeling from a full-blown rift between president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and his deputy Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai – as nominations for MCA divisions began yesterday.

The Malay Mail investigations  show that:

* The Taman Tasik Jaya branch's newly-elected deputy chairman Chong Fong and two others were members of Gerakan, another BN component party — a clear violation of MCA’s constitution.
* Chong is listed as a member of Gerakan in Paroi since 1995. Article 9.4 of the party constitution states one can be an MCA member if “he is not a member of nor affiliated to any other political party”.
* Another member in the list died of brain cancer two years ago while two others had no knowledge they were MCA members.

With six questionable members in its list, the branch, which has 53 members, could be deemed invalid as the minimum number to set up a branch is 50 – as per Article 92 of the MCA constitution.
Chong told The Malay Mail he was a member of two political parties.

Read more in The Malay Mail today.

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