At a press conference at the party headquarters, MCA president Datuk Ong Tee Keat announced that the presidential council had endorsed the recommendation of the party's disciplinary committee to sack Dr Chua over the matter.
The decision was made in the interest of the aprty, he said.
Dr Chua has 14 days to appeal the decision, although the party constitution does not allow the decision to be challenged in court.
Dr Chua resigned as Health Minister as well as MP for Labis and from all party posts in January last year after admitting he was the man in the sex DVD, copies of which were distributed in Johor.
However, delegates elected him to the post of deputy President at the party’s last election.
Datuk Ong said the committe did so (expelled Dr Chua) “with a heavy heart” after giving much consideration to the damage inflicted upon the party image, brought about by the sex scandal featured in the DVD.
The NST Online
MCA sacks Chua Soi Lek
by Eileen Ng
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has been sacked from the party with immediate effect for tarnishing the party's image due to his DVD sex scandal.
The party's presidential council unanimously decided last night to adopt its disciplinary panel recommendation, which proposed that Dr Chua be expelled
from the party.
Party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said the decision was made after much deliberation.
"We did so with a heavy heart after giving much consideration to the damage inflicted upon the party image brought about by his sex scandal. This decision has been made in the best interest of the party," he said after chairing a five-hour presidential council meeting at Wisma MCA.
It is understood that Dr Chua is the highest ranking MCA leader to be sacked from MCA in the party's history.
Dr Chua was caught on video having a tryst with a woman at a hotel in Johor last year. He subsequently resigned from all his government and party posts. He was elected as MCA's deputy president at the party polls last October.
In May last year, Simpang Renggam division chief Eng Cheng Guan filed a complaint with the previous disciplinary panel headed by former deputy president Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy that Dr Chua had committed adultery and oral sex and the scandal had tarnished the party's image.
However, Eng withdrew his complaint on July 30 saying that he did not intend to pursue the case.
But, the current board - headed by Ng Cheng Kiat - had decided to proceed with the hearing because the complaint had been accepted by the presidential council after it
established there is a prima facie case.
Ong said Dr Chua has 14 days from yesterday to appeal to the central committee against the decision.
He also said according to Article 128 of the party constitution, the decision of the central committee shall be final and conclusive and cannot be subjected to any legal action.
"We as members of the presidential council will stand as one and we shall collectively be responsible for this decision," Ong read from a six paragraph statement.
He refused to take any questions from the press, but said he would explain the decision of the presidential council to BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Meanwhile, Dr Chua, who is also the BN coordinator for Pakatan Rakyat controlled states, said last night he had not decided whether to appeal.
"Tarnishing the party's image is a very serious crime. I'm lucky they didn't sentence me to death.”
The bad blood between Dr Chua and Ong also came out in the open yesterday when the former minister accused the party president of being suspicious of him ever since the party polls.
"The president has treated me like an enemy and viewed me as a threat," he said.
He said it is an open secret those not in the same page as Ong were regarded as enemies or a threat.
Dr Chua revealed that these people had been labelled by Ong and his supporters as gangsters, anti-MCA out to destroy MCA and cooperating with businessmen and taking money to topple Ong.
He also said since Ong took over the party's helm last October, the party has been split and directionless with members morale at its lowest.
He also took a swipe at the party's highest decision making body - the central committee (CC) which consisted mostly of Ong's men, saying that the CC will "rubber stamp" the decision made by the presidential council.
To a question, he said he will leave it to members to evaluate whether this latest move is a second attempt to politically assassinate him.
He also stressed that he will not join the Opposition if the presidential council decides to upheld the panel's decision.