Today, the MCA Disciplinary Board convened a hearing on the videotape involving me. The hearing is the result of a complaint filed in May 2008, a complaint which since has been withdrawn.
At the outset, let me say that many of my comrades in the MCA urged me not to attend the hearing, pointing out that it was just another attempt to bury me politically. At the same time, others wanted to turn up at the party headquarters to show their support for me.
I am touched by their concern for my well being as well as my future in MCA.
Regardless of what may be the motivation behind the disciplinary hearing, I was always going to show up. Why? Because a political party lives and dies on one critical fact - the ability of its members to respect the institution of the party and obey orders.
In addition, mounting a show of force would only add unnecessary tension and aggravation to MCA and Barisan Nasional at a time when we need to show our best side to the Malaysian public.
When I apologised and resigned from all government and party posts on January 2 2008, this course of action was prompted by a desire to take personal responsibility for my actions.
When I stood for party elections last year, I made it clear that I was putting myself at the mercy of my party comrades. If they felt that I was not a suitable candidate and did not have any more contributions to make for MCA, I would have ended my political career. As is turned out, I received strong support from party comrades, enabling me to be elected deputy president.
Now that I have been elected by my comrades as a deputy president and appointed as a BN chief coordinator by the Prime Minister, I have a duty to perform and have been travelling to various states to strengthen the BN machinery. I hope my comrades would allow me the space and time to dedicate my time to the party and BN. I have no other agenda.
I have served the party for 24 years. I want to immerse myself in my work, rather than be distracted by character assassination and other shenanigans. I realise that there are people that will continue using the tape against me. I cannot stop them.
I can only promise to do my best for MCA. The Malaysian public has little patience for political conflicts, mind games and spin. If we fail to meet their expectations, we will all be consigned to oblivion.
I hope my comrades would remain calm, united and continue to serve the party, while awaiting the disciplinary board to make its recommendation to the party.
目前，马华和国阵极须向马来西亚全民表现最好的一面，政治领袖在这关头派伐互剿，只会进一步加剧内部的压力。 2008年1月，我公开道歉并辞去所有党职和官职，以示我对个人的行为负责。能从容地面对和渡过这场生活危机 ，我必须要感谢我的妻子、家人、朋友以及党同志们，在困境中对我的无限支持。