By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani
KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Banana Chua Soi Lek said today that Datin Paduka Chew Mei will not be missed, after she quit as the party’s Wanita chief.
Dr Banana Chua explained that it was normal for leaders to “come and go” in a democracy.
“I would like to thank her for her contribution to the party. MCA practises democracy and leaders can come and go but the party’s agenda will continue,” he told reporters at party headquarters.
The Wanita MCA chief resigned from her party posts yesterday, which included her post as wing chairman, Wanita MCA Selangor chairman, and the party’s Crisis Relief Squad chief.
It also means that she will relinquish her post as a senator and as the Deputy Minister of the Women, Family and Community Development.
Dr Chua said Chew’s resignation would not be a setback to his leadership.
“We have one million members ... this is will not affect the image of my leadership,” he said.
Chew made a pledge in Parliament in November last year, during the peak of the party crisis, declaring that she would resign if Dr Chua were to become party president.
Her words were not forgotten and when Dr Chua cruised to a win during the March 28 party polls, her words came back to haunt her.
Chew, however, decided to stick to her guns and, after a short meeting yesterday, resigned as she had promised to, despite pleas from her central committee members.