Liow claimed that he and several other cc members remained in the dark about the details of the peace plan .
Under the peace plan, the party President and his deposed deputy, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, agreed to a truce by pledging to work together as a team to unite and strengthen the crisis-plagued MCA.
The peace deal also allows Ong to remain as the party president despite getting a vote of no-confidence at the extraordinary general meeting on Oct 10. The delegates at the EGM also refused to reinstate Chua as the party deputy president.
Ong had said it has the blessing and support of Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is said to have brokered the plan.
At a press conference today, Liow and the women's wing chief Chew Mei Fun and the Youth head Wee Ka Siong said that the peace plan was not deliberated at the central committee meeting before it was revealed.
"Ong informed us (Central C ommittee members) that there is a unity plan (before making it public), but did not explain its contents," claimed Liow.
Also present with him were 11 other CC members.
'Gang of 3' wants fresh CC meeting on peace deal
Yip Ai-Tsin Oct 27,09 2:22pm
MCA president Ong Tee Keat today came under renewed pressure from formerloyalists over the unity plan that he set in place on Oct 22 with ex-deputy president Dr Chua Soi Lek.
Newly-appointed deputy president Liow Tiong Lai, Wanita chief Chew Mei Fun and Youth head Wee Ka Siong today said they are unaware of what the plan involves.
"Ong informed us (CC members) that there is a unity plan (before making it public), but did not explain its contents," claimed Liow.
At a press conference at MCA headquarters today, the trio and 11 other central committee (CC) members called for a meeting on the details.
They circulated an unsigned statement, said to have been approved by "a majority" of CC members.
Chew said the "whole CC is disappointed because they were not consulted", while Wee said "everyone would be okay with unity".
However, Wee also said the party does not revolve around one or two individuals, and that there are 930,000 members to consider as well.
Under the peace plan, Ong and Chua agreed to end their long-running feud in the party's interests. The deal allows Ong to remain as president despite the vote of no-confidence passed at the extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on Oct 10.
Liow responded to recent reports in which certain CC members were accused of trying to topple Ong "CC members did not intend this," he said, expressing disappointment and calling the allegations "wild and baseless".
"The smear campaign within the party has to stop. We would like to make this crystal clear. It is uncalled for to label a person 'traitor' or 'betrayer'," he said.
In their statement, the 14 pointed out that they do not have vested interests as alleged by party colleagues and members of the public.
To clear their name, they outlined the chronology of developments since the EGM. (See chart)
Ong, they noted, decided at the Oct 15 CC meeting to proceed with a second EGM under Article 30.1 of the constitution, over the objections of some of them.
The statement also called on Ong to reinstate sacked legal bureau chief Leong Tang Chong.
Liow reiterated his call for leaders to respect the decisions made at the EGM, pointing out that much confusion has arisen from Ong's flip-flop over his intention to resignand forget” and to look at the bigger picture of what is good for the party and not for individuals.