Najib steps in to resolve MCA dispute

KUALA LUMPUR- PRIME Minister Najib Razak is finally stepping in to resolve the leadership crisis in the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) which may put the image of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) at risk.

Datuk Seri Najib, who is also BN chairman, had refrained from intervening in the past few months, saying he would do so only if invited.

The factional infighting came to a head on Wednesday when the chiefs of MCA youth and women's wings and seven other officials were removed from the presidential council.

On Thursday, Mr Najib said he would meet the MCA leaders individually, before Nov 28. 'I would find time to talk to them and see if there is a common ground. We will take it from there,' he was quoted as saying by Bernama news agency.

MCA, the country's second largest political party, has been locked for months in a leadership dispute that has splintered it into at least three factions. The infighting intensified with the sacking of deputy president Chua Soi Lek in August over an old sex scandal, a move orchestrated by his rival, party president Ong Tee Keat.

At a special extraordinary general meeting last month, both leaders were rejected by delegates. Then, barely two weeks later, the two men sprang a surprise by ending their feud and pledging to unite the party.

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