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Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Bernama

MCA's three-man Committee starts probe into 'snooping squad' claim

KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 (Bernama) -- The three-man committee set up by the MCA to investigate allegations that the party president had set up a "snooping squad" to uncover the private lives of certain party leaders three years ago, will start its investigation Wednesday.

Committee chairman Tan Sri Sak Cheng Lum said the committee would call up a witness to testify at its first hearing Wednesday.

"It will be our first hearing... we will call up one witness first," he told Bernama when contacted here Tuesday.

Sak declined to name the witness. But Petaling Jaya Utara division adviser Wong Leong, when contacted, confirmed he had been served with a notice to appear at the committee's hearing at the party headquarters here tomorrow at 2pm.

"Yes, they have called me up to testify. I will give my statement and will stand by what I have said," he said.

Wong, one of the leaders of the "Save MCA" campaign which demands MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting to step down from his post, has alleged that Ong had set up a "snooping squad" to uncover the private lives of his political rivals.

Ong denied the allegation and the party's Presidential Council decided to set up a three-man committee headed by Sak to investigate the matter. The two other members are lawyers Roger Tan and Teh Hock Kee.

Asked how much time would the committee need to complete its investigation, Sak said: "The committee has yet to decide on the matter."

On the number of witnesses to be called to give their statements, he said it would depend on the investigation.

On whether party vice-president Datuk Donald Lim would be called to give his statement, Sak said Lim had already given his statement to the Presidential Council when he raised the issue at its recent meeting.

Lim, in an interview with a news portal, had said that he was one of the targets of the snooping squad.

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