Politics can be a funny business. Liow has urged embattled MCA President Ong Tee Keat to accept the verdict of the EGM and to resign as promised.
However, it appears that the once ally of the president is now eager to hold on to the deputy president position although he was only probably elected by a handful of CC members.
If Liow has any backbone, he should practice what he has preached to Ong and not accept the appointment. Going forward is going to erode his personal credibility.
The same goes to the four appointed CC members who were sacked by Ong earlier today. They should accept the reality in politics - they should always support the person who appointed them to their respective position. This is real politik.
Going into the CC meeting, Ong has to ensure that he has a mathematical advantage in case a vote is being called to allow fresh elections in the party. Ong has learned a valuable lesson from his dispute with Chua.
A leader has to know when to conserve his energy and consolidate his position before going for a kill. His inability to kill off Chua had created an opportunity for his closest ally to nearly finish him off.
There are a few lessons for Liow too. He should not be too eager to fill the gap too soon. Ong would have supported Liow's leadership of MCA if the latter did not betray him. Internal sources related how Ong was adamant to quit until it became clear to him that Liow was slowly building up pressure for him to retreat.
The biggest loser in the whole dilemma is Liow. Not the Chinese community. Whatever the outcome of the party leadership tussle, the leadership still has an enormous task trying to convince the community to support them.
What we have witnessed in MCA is real politik at work.