KUALA LUMPUR - MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said he is not a "dictator" as accused by his deputy Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
In fact, he said he had always given Liow a platform to speak.
"I can understand Liow's mood. He may be angry because some decisions made were not in his favour.
"People say some leaders show their quality in times of crisis.
"Some are smiling while some become fierce, even though they have never been fierce before," he said after chairing a presidential council meeting at Wisma MCA here yesterday.
On whether he would defend his president's post, Dr Chua said: "I have never said I will seek re-election. It is the fear and speculation (that I will) which is unfounded," he said.
Liow has already openly announced his desire to vie for the president's post at the upcoming party elections.
On the call by 13 central committee (CC) members headed by Liow to have an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to reverse the decision to lift the suspension on Datuk Tee Siew Kiong, Dr Chua said there were technical issues which needed to be addressed by legal experts first.