Thursday, July 15, 2004

You Slap Me, I Slap You Back

Saturday, June 29, 2002

Slapping Incident Mars Wanita AGM

A peaceful Wanita MCA annual general assembly ended on a sour note when Sabah State chairman Agnes Shim Tshin Nyuk was slapped over a dispute over the movement's list of office-bearers. The mother of Tenom branch Wanita head Lili Chin Chor Ngo slapped Shim when they were arguing over the appointment of the division head. Chin's mother, Lo Nyit Yin, called Shim "a liar" before slapping her.

The incident happened after the assembly was adjourned and a Press conference was quickly called to address the issue. MCA Wanita chairman Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said she was sad that the incident happened after a successful assembly. "We will set up a committee to investigate this incident immediately," She said adding that disciplinary action would be taken."

Wednesday, 24 July 2002

MCA Slapping Incident Probe To End Soon

The MCA disciplinary committee is expected to complete, by Aug 6, its investigations into the incident where a branch chairman slapped a State Wanita head. Disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Lim Ah Lek said it would propose to the presidential council on what action, if any, to be taken against Kampung Bahagia branch chairman Lo Nyet Yin.

"We will call up Madam Lo and Agnes Shim as witnesses among others. We want to give them a chance to defend themselves," he said after chairing the first disciplinary committee meeting at the party headquarters yesterday. Among those present were vice-president Datuk Dr Fong Chan Onn, Youth head Datuk Ong Tee Keat and Wanita head Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen.

On June 28, after the Wanita general assembly, Lo reportedly approached Sabah Wanita chairman Agnes Shim and slapped her. Lo was said to be unhappy that her daughter Lily Chin was not appointed the MCA Tenom Wanita head.

Lim said the committee would also look into other cases, including an incident where disgruntled Muar division members burnt the party constitution. The other case is the rowdy behaviour of Selangor Youth members during its meeting in June. "We hope to dispose these cases soonest possible. The investigations were supposed to be held earlier but was postponed because of the Pendang and Anak Bukit by-elections," added Lim. Under the party constitution, the presidential council is empowered to act against errant members based on the recommendations of the discpinary committee. Appeals against the decision can be made through the central committee.

16 September 2002

Agnes Shim was made a Datuk and later appointed a senator. Many believe that the slap from Lo Nyet Yin has brought much luck for Agnes Shim. Even Agnes herself has quietly thanked Lo for the negative publicity she brought about and helped to make Agnes famous.

However, little does she know that when the hat is too big to put on, she was slapped by the party disciplinary board for sabotaging during the General Election.

Wednesday July 14, 2004

Sabah Wanita chief, 10 others, suspended by MCA council

KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah Wanita MCA chairman Senator Datuk Agnes Shim has been suspended from the party for two years effective yesterday after she was found guilty of sabotaging an MCA candidate in the recent general election.

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said Shim would not be able to hold any party post and could not contest in the party elections next year.

He said the suspension was decided by the MCA presidential council after Shim, in her 50's, was found guilty by the party disciplinary board of sabotaging the party’s candidate before and during the recent general election.

“MCA will leave it to the Government to decide on Shim’s senatorship,” he said after chairing a two-hour council meeting here yesterday.

Shim was among 11 members and grassroots leaders who were found guilty of indiscipline during the recent general election.

“The council’s decision is a signal to all party members and leaders that priority be given to the party and Barisan Nasional,” Ong said.

Ong said Klang division youth chairman Tiew Min Seng was also suspended for one year for sabotaging another MCA candidate before and during the general election.
The others who were suspended are Taman Hock An branch chairman Chong Swee Choy (one-year suspension), Tanjong Minyak branch chairman Tan Chwee Heng (two years) and Taman Salak South branch chairman Ong Cheng Hwa (one year).

The remaining six who were found guilty – two life members and four members – were expelled from the party, Ong said.

The life members were Bong Ah Kau and Tan Kim Pah while the members were Lim Teck Yu, Koo Kim Kiat, Siew Fook Chan and Tan Chee Chong.

Lim had acted as a seconder to a DAP candidate; Bong had published in a Chinese newspaper a congratulatory message in favour of a DAP candidate’s victory in the general election; and Koo had acted as a counting agent to DAP and PAS.

Siew had campaigned for a Keadilan candidate while Kim Pah and Chee Chong had campaigned for a DAP candidate.

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