'I am a victim of character assassination': MCA deputy

'I am a victim of character assassination': MCA deputy
Staunch support: Liow (centre, in red) being flanked by supporters and fellow party leaders (from left) Yu, Chor and Wee during a press conference.

KUALA LUMPUR - MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, flanked by several party leaders, publicly countered the allegations made against him and criticised party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek for smearing his name.

Liow said he was a victim of character assassination and appealed to delegates to vote wisely at tomorrow's extraordinary general meeting (EGM).

He insisted that all allegations against him were "false and untrue", including one which accused him of appealing to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to intervene in the EGM.

"This has caused a lot of confusion among the delegates. I am firm in believing that MCA can handle our own party affairs without outside interference," he said in a press conference at the party headquarters yesterday.

Liow was flanked by several supporters including party vice-president Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung, Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and Wanita chief Datuk Yu Chok Tow.

Other accusations he denied was that the MCA Transformation Task Force committee, of which he was chairman, had spent RM600,000 (S$235,000) on leisure trips to Taiwan and China.

He explained that it had instead used just over RM100,000 to organise seminars and meetings within and outside the country.

"In addition, my visits to all the states as committee chairman were done openly," he said, denying that he had used his position to criticise Dr Chua.

Liow, who also chaired the general election preparation committee, said that the resolution to censure him for reasons including failing in his duty as committee chairman was a "serious and completely unfounded" accusation.

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