Tan Sri Annuar Musa’s dismissal as Barisan Nasional secretary-general has never been discussed among component parties, says MCA.
The party said it has yet to verify the news of the removal, despite it being reported in the media.
“The MCA leadership is upset with reports that Annuar has been sacked from his position as Barisan secretary-general.
“The central committee only found out about this matter from media reports and this was neither discussed among component parties nor decided at the Barisan supreme council.
“Until now, MCA has yet to be able to verify the news.
“MCA is of the opinion that any appointments must be made along the constitution of the coalition and conventionally, the nominations have to be presented and agreed to in consensus in the Barisan supreme council,” the party said.
“This must also be the case with the sacking of anyone holding any positions such as the Barisan secretary-general or treasurer-general.
“MCA has yet to receive any notice of a Barisan supreme council meeting. Therefore, no further review on the matter (of the sacking of Annuar) can be made right now,” it said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 5).
Earlier Tuesday, it was reported that Barisan had sacked Annuar as secretary-general.
The Ketereh Umno division chief and Federal Territories Minister later confirmed that he has been sacked by Barisan chairman and Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The dismissal of Anuar came as Umno faces an upheaval within the party as top leaders and division chiefs are divided as to whether the party should continue working with Perikatan Nasional, namely Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
Annuar is seen as advocating Umno to cooperate with the component parties of the Perikatan government, while Zahid has said Umno needs to break away to ensure it stays as a dominant Malay party.
Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan, who replaces Annuar in the BN post, had also previously replaced Annuar as Umno secretary-general.
BN now comprises Umno as the lead party, MCA, MIC and PBRS.