KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said MCA has accepted the resignation of former party president Tan Sri Ong Tee Keat.

“We accept his resignation and we respect his decision.

“We wish him all the best,” he told a press conference today after chairing the party’s central committee meeting at its headquarters here.

When asked if he or other party leaders had contacted or engaged with Ong, Liow said it was his (Ong’s) voluntarily decision and declined to answer further questions on the matter.

Meanwhile, he said the central committee met today to discuss about amending the party’s constitution.

Liow said MCA will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) tomorrow to amend the constitution.

The move is aimed at allowing the youth and women wings leaders to sit in the presidential council.

“Among the proposed amendments is to allow MCA divisional youth and women chairmen to be among the central delegates.

“Similarly, we will amend another clause to allow the MCA branch youth and wanita chairmen to automatically be the divisional delegates.

“This will enhance the participation of youths and women in the party leadership,” he said.

Liow said the amendments would also enable all vice-presidents to become presidential council members.

“This will make the party more organised internally and stronger.

“Our party is going through a transformation. We want more representation from the grassroots and people to be able to fulfill the aspirations of the community,” he said.

He also said that directives have been given to all grassroots leaders to recruit more members and focus on activities that engage the community in preparation for the next general election.

– Sundaily