Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tee’s appointment had nothing to do with Umno, says Khaled

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin has hit out at DAP for claming that MCA was subservient to the Johor Sultan after its national organising secretary Datuk Tee Siew Kiong accepted a state executive councillor post.

Tee's appointment, said Khaled, was also not due to MCA bowing to pressure from Umno but was made according to the Johor Sultan's wish to have a Chinese representative in the state exco line-up.

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“There is no question of subservience. MCA only followed the decision made by the Ruler. Tee's decision in accepting the appointment was made out of respect for the Johor Sultan.

“The formation of the Barisan Nasional state government is based upon consensus among the various races in Johor,” he said after launching the state-level Teacher's Day celebration at Pusat Islam Iskandar here yesterday.

On May 16, Perak DAP chairman Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham had claimed on Twitter that by accepting the post, MCA was being “subservient to Umno and now, subservient to the Sultan”.

Ngeh also tweeted that MCA could not make any stand on its own and questioned how the party would be able to represent the people.

Tee found himself in a tough spot after MCA announced that action might be taken against him for going against the party's decision to turn down government positions following its poor performance in the recent general election.

However, the Pulai Sebatang assemblyman, who was put in charge of the Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism portfolio, had since said that he was prepared to face the music.

The Sultan, under the Johor state constitution, has absolute power to appoint the Mentri Besar together with the exco members
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