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MCA Youth chief and two others in spy squad, says Wong Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 May 2008

The Star
by Loh Foon Fong and Ng Cheng Yee

KUALA LUMPUR: The main accuser at the centre of a probe into a spy squad, said to have been set up to oust the political enemies of the MCA president, has named three people as members of the secret group.

Petaling Jaya Utara division adviser Wong Leong, in a tell-all style, said the three members involved in the job were MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai, Tanjung Piai MP Wee Jeck Seng and former Gerakan Belia Bersatu chairman Tee An Chuan.

He said Tee, the contact person of the team, had told him that the squad, which reported to Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, was set up in February 2005, to get rid of Ong’s political enemies.

“Tee told me that there are certain people that the team needed to eliminate when he approached me to work for them.

“They are Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, Datuk Chua Jui Meng, Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik and his son Datuk Ling Hee Leong, and all their supporters,” he told a press conference yesterday after testifying before a three-man panel set up to investigate the existence of the spy squad.

On April 11, the MCA presidential council appointed the three-man panel, led by Tan Sri Dr Sak Cheng Lum, to investigate the allegations.

The other two members are party veteran Tan Sri Michael Chen Wing Sum and lawyer and senior Bar Council member Roger Tan.

Chen replaced lawyer Teh Hock Kee, who pulled out from the panel due to personal reasons on April 16.

Wong said Tee also told him that he was working for Ong and was paid a monthly salary of RM10,000.

He said Tee also revealed to him during a meeting on Oct 1, last year that a few leaders from the Selangor MCA would also be dropped for the 12th general election.

“They are Loh Seng Kok, Datuk Yap Pian Hon, Datin Paduka Tan Yee Kew, Datuk Tang See Hang, Datuk Dr Wong Sai Hou, Datuk Lim Choon Kim and Khoh Siew Kim, and true enough, all these people were not fielded in the elections,” he said.

Wong now urged the panel to call these people to testify before the inquiry.

He said he had been ordered by the inquiry panel to submit a statutory declaration and statement in two weeks’ time.

On whether Dr Chua was one of the casualties of the squad, Wong said: “That I have no idea.”

Donald Lim, who also testified at the hearing yesterday, told reporters that he was called to the inquiry as he was allegedly a victim of the squad.

“I told the hearing that I do not have any information about the team and what I know about it is just hearsay,” he said.

Later at a separate press conference Dr Sak said the committee would follow up with the statements presented at the hearing yesterday.

“The panel has decided to call other people, including MCA members, whose names have been mentioned or are related to the case, to assist us in carrying out our duty,” he said, adding that the next hearing would be held next Wednesday.

He said those who would like to give their statements regarding the squad could contact the party headquarters to arrange for meeting with the panel.

Chua urges MCA to get to the bottom of secret group

PETALING JAYA: Former MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek claimed that many people had told him that his sex DVD was linked to the spy squad set up to oust those not favoured by the party leadership.

“I am disappointed if this secret group is true because I am among those who have been identified by the group as not supporting the top leadership and should be 'destroyed',” said Dr Chua who called a press conference over the matter.

He urged the three-men committee to investigate the allegations of the spy squad thoroughly.

“I appeal to the top leadership to investigate thoroughly if the group actually exist because it has become a topic of conversation in MCA,” he said, adding that he was willing to provide information if needed.

Dr Chua said he had heard about the secret committee as far back as two years ago but thought it was just “coffee shop” talk.

“But when I kept hearing my name as one of those that would be struck out, I was afraid,’’ he said.

“I began to take it seriously after the DVD episode,” he said, added that he was not interested in finding out who was behind the tape recording.

On whether he would contest for the president’s post, he said he would announce when the time was right.

“I hope the MCA sees the DVD recording episode as history,’’ he said. “I will continue with my life and serve the party and the country.”

They’re all baseless, says Ong of allegations against him

PETALING JAYA: MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting has dismissed as baseless allegations that he had set up a spy squad to snoop on his political enemies.

He said it was a dirty political tactic to disgrace or shame a person with baseless allegations.

However, Ong said he would face the allegation against him with an open heart as he still believed in the existence of justice and truth.

He said he would attend the hearing of the three-man committee, established to investigate the allegations, tomorrow and give his full cooperation to the panel.

“I have nothing to hide and I do not see any reason that will stop me from attending this hearing,” he said in a statement.

Ong said he readily agreed with the setting up of this independent panel at the MCA presidential council meeting so that it could carry out an unbiased, professional and fair investigation.

“At this moment, all parties must allow the panel to carry out its job.”

Meanwhile, two MCA leaders, accused of being members of the spy squad, has hit back at their accuser and was confident that they would be cleared by the investigating panel.

MCA Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said his conscience was clear and he would leave the panel to investigate the claims made by Petaling Jaya Utara division adviser Wong Leong.

On whether he would attend the hearing if he was called by the committee, he said: “Yes, definitely.”

Former party Johor Youth chief and now Tanjung Piai MP Wee Jeck Seng said Wong was politically motivated into making the allegations.

“I’ll leave it to the panel and if they want to see me, I will give them my fullest cooperation,” he said.

The third person accused by Wong, Tee An Chuan, could not be contacted for comment.

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