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MCA gives in, picks Chen Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008

New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA presidential council has given in to the demands of a key witness to have party elders included in the party's "political spy team" investigation panel.

"The presidential council has unanimously decided to appoint Tan Sri Michael Chen Wing Sum as a panel member of the independent investigation committee to look into allegations of a 'spy team' existing in MCA," said deputy president Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy after attending the council meeting yesterday.

The probe was thrown into disarray last week when MCA Petaling Jaya Utara division adviser Wong Leong excused himself from the first hearing on grounds that the panel had no locus standi.

Party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting had announced on April 11, that the panel would be headed by party elders. But the appointment of lawyers Roger Tan and Teh Hock Kee was not acceptable to Wong. Tan Sri Sak Cheng Lum was the other man in the probe team.

Complicating the issue, Teh declined to be involved in the investigation at the eleventh hour of the first hearing.

Wong told the panel that he would only co-operate in the probe if party elders like Tan Sri Michael Chen, Tan Sri Lee Kim Sai, Tan Sri Dr Ting Chew Peh and Ng Chung Keat were included in the line-up.

Wong claimed he knew the identities of the three-men "political spy team" and had concrete proof and witnesses to back his claim that they were set up by the party president to take out his rivals.

"So after considering Wong Leong's request and the need to find a suitable replacement for Teh Hock Kee, we have decided to appoint Michael Chen," said Chan.

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