MCA expels 2 for contesting as independents

KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA today expelled with immediate effect two party members for standing as independent candidates in the upcoming polls.

Its deputy president, Wee Ka Siong, in a statement, said Dr Lim Yak Hong and Ting Choon Chai faced disciplinary action for contesting as independents for the Puteri Wangsa state seat in Johor.

He said action was taken according to the decision made by the 28th Central Committee meeting on Dec 19 last year.

“Any member who acts against the party’s interests during the GE14 shall be expelled from the party with immediate effect,” he said.

It is not just MCA that has to deal with rebels within its midst.

In KOTA BHARU, PAS sacked Nik Omar Nik Abdul Aziz, who is the son of the party’s former spiritual leader, the late Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, for contesting the Chempaka state seat as a PKR-Amanah candidate.

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan the decision was made after discussing the matter with the party vice-president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

Nik Omar, who is the second son of the former Kelantan menteri besar, is in a three-cornered fight against Mohamed Fareez Noor Amran of Barisan Nasional (BN) and incumbent Ahmad Fathan Mahmood @ Mahamad of PAS for the Chempaka state seat, which is a PAS stronghold.

Fathan won the seat in a by-election held following the death of Nik Aziz in 2015.

Takiyuddin said Nik Omar’s decision to stand as Pakatan Harapan candidate did not come as a surprise to PAS, but he regarded the move as going against his father’s struggle and mother’s wish for him to remain with PAS.

Nik Omar’s younger brother, Nik Mohamad Abduh, who is incumbent Pasir Mas MP, is contesting as a PAS candidate for the Bachok parliamentary seat.

Nik Omar said his decision would not affect his relationship with his other siblings and they respected his decision.

“Relations have to be maintained, the difference in opinion is because the hair is not the same, but we respect one another. I pray for my brother, Nik Abduh’s success in Bachok, and I believe he, too, prays for my success in Chempaka,” he added.

In Cameron Highlands, there was no sign of former myPPP president M Kayveas who had earlier said he would contest as an independent candidate after MIC was given the parliamentary seat.

The former deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department has been sacked by his party.

The seat would be contested by Barisan Nasional (BN-MIC) candidate C Sivarraajh, Wan Mahadir Wan Mahmud (PAS), M Manogaran (PKR-DAP), Mohd Tahir Kassim (Berjasa) and Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) candidate B Suresh Kumar.

Former director-general of the Special Affairs Department (Jasa), Mohd Puad Zarkashi, also failed to turn up to contest the Batu Pahat parliamentary seat as an independent candidate.

The Batu Pahat Umno chief later said his decision was influenced by advice given by the Johor sultan.

Batu Pahat Wanita Umno leader Haliza Abdullah, a lawyer, will replace Puad as the candidate for Batu Pahat.