The leaders of the party's two key factions - deputy president Dr Chua Soi Lek and vice-president Liow Tiong Lai - said i that they will not be attending the meeting.
The boycott by Chua and Liow came hot in the heels of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's decision to give the AGM a miss.
This leaves this Sunday's AGM to be a meeting of delegates aligned to embattled party president Ong.
Last night, Najib's press aide Tengku Sharifuddin Tengku Ahmad confirmed that the prime minister will not officially launch the controversial AGM, which is to kick off on Sunday morning at the MCA headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
Najib's decision is the clearest indication yet that party chief Ong has lost the support of the Umno president.
In an apparent bit to crank up the pressure on MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, the party’s Youth chief Datuk Wee Ka Siong today blasted the decision to continue with tomorrow’s AGM, deeming it illegal.
Wee, in his boycott bid, had already succeeded in tainting his wing’s AGM this morning when the meeting couldn’t be held because the quorum was not met and said he would continue his offensive by abandoning tomorrow’s meet.
He also said the Wanita wing, which survived humiliation in its AGM after 350 delegates turned up, will not be attending Sunday’s AGM as well.
The wing is led by Wee’s ally, Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun who deserted today’s assembly together with her supporters.
Read here in Malaysiakini
Ong Tee Keat (OTK) should defend his post. I cannot imagine MCA being led by a 'porn star', and two alleged corrupted guys. If those guys are leaders, they are easier to control by the powers-that-be.
Come to think of it, OTK should defend his post. Even though he's expected to lose as he does not have the Umnoputras' blessings to contest, but it will show the puppet master's hand even more.
Lahore San: The mechanism for holding the post in the party is the election by the delegates. Nothing will change despite OTK's attempt to remove CSL (Chua Soi Lek) through his cohorts in the disciplinary committee.
The hypocrisy in him showed when he championed the issue of PKFZ (Port Klang Free Zone). OTK himself is not clean and free from dirt when he accepted favours from the figure at the centre of the PKFZ storm, Tiong King Sing.
Now it is damage control, and he is getting a good dose humility from his advisors (although it is too little, too late). Those who did not agree with him were sacked and removed from their positions (mirroring his treatment of CSL) and his mending of fences has come too late. He ruled by the sword, he will die by it.
OTK doesn't have the support of Umno. He won't stand a chance to be re-elected as MCA president. Ong can do better to fight from outside BN. Join CJM (Chua Jui Meng) and you will be in the cabinet should Pakatan Rakyat take over Putrajaya. The rakyat are will Pakatan. We cannot accept a tainted leader in Najib Razak or CSL.
Abdul Rahman Lim: Unless MCA leaders stand firmly with their bold principles of championing the Chinese Malaysians and not bow to pressures of big bully Umno, they may never see light at the end of the tunnel.
Ong, if you're really sincere bout this 'MCA not depending on Umno crutches' thing, then do one last thing before you presumably bow out: reveal everything on PKFZ. Joe Public is well aware that there is more to it than meets the eye.
Ong Guan Sin:
Who says Umno has not opened its membership to non-Malays? It has, via its subsidiary called MCA. And many in the thousands joined by default without knowing it themselves. How sad is the state of MCA today.