Tuesday, April 1, 2008


LDP to act on ‘rebel’s’
Few divisions face suspension for working against Party and BN in election

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is expected to suspend a few of its divisions whose leaders and members were found to have gone against the Barisan Nasional in the March 8 general election. According to the Party Deputy President Datuk Chin Su Phin, who also heads the LDP Disciplinary Committee, a few leaders and members would inevitably be facing disciplinary action for working against the party and the BN Coalition. During the election, Chin said it was discovered that BN components, including the LDP, were not only racing the Opposition but also challenges from fellow BN parties. The drastic, disciplinary actions would be part of an exercise to restructure the party to ensure the LDP would become stronger within the BN Coalition, he said yesterday. Chin said LDP President Datuk V K Liew had delegated the powers to implement those tasks, which would be carried out after the Party’s Supreme Council meeting on April 12. “During the meeting, the Supreme Council will delegate the powers to the Disciplinary Committee to carry out the task of restructuring the party as soon as possible,” he said. Chin recalled that the worse thing was that LDP also faced opposition from own party members, and that is why it had to take action immediately. Such drastic action is necessary to ensure LDP would remain strong, according to him. “We have already submitted our report on the matter to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi during the recent BN Supreme Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur. “We strongly believe the BN leadership will look into the matter seriously. Drastic action must be taken, otherwise in the next general election, we might lose to ourselves (fellow BN members),” said Chin, who called on Liew, who is the Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister, at the latter’s office in Kuala Lumpur recently. Chin, who was accompanied by LDP Vice-President Isaac Pang and the Party’s Publicity Officer Albert Kok, said one of the objectives of meeting with Liew was to learn about the new activities and programs of MITI. According to him, MITI is a very important portfolio as it deals with matters that are related to both domestic and international trade and the industrial sector. As the Prime Minister had done away with the Parliamentary Secretary posts in the new Federal Administration, Chin said the duties of Deputy Ministers would be heavier and more demanding as compared to in the previous administration. In his new job, Liew is required to travel overseas more often to carry out his duties in promoting Malaysia, according to Chin. Nevertheless, he said Liew had given his assurance that the latter would try his level best to come back to Sandakan to visit his constituents. Liew will set up his Service Centre in Sandakan and will meet people personally once a month and try his best at both the state and national levels to assist the people in addressing their problems, he said, adding that during their meeting they also discussed party matters, including issues related to Sandakan. “The LDP will be setting up a Special Committee soon to assist Liew in rendering services and to bring in more development and progress to the district and the people,” said Chin.