MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek says he will not go back on his word. - The Malaysian Insider pic, December 4, 2013.MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek announced today that he will not be defending his party president's post, keeping the promise he made last month.
"I hope after 28 years in MCA, I have earned my retirement," he told reporters at the party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.
"This is in tandem with my announcement on May 6, after MCA's election disaster.
"I do not want to go down in MCA's history as a leader with no integrity, so I will not go back on my words...this is a journey of no return."
He had in October said that he would step down soon, taking full blame for the party's dismal performance during the polls.
Chua had also challenged his deputy Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai to step down together with him, saying that the latter was "weak" and was not the right person to lead the party.
In the national polls in May, MCA only managed to win seven out of 37 federal seats and 11 out of the 90 state seats it contested.