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MCA Snoop Squad: Liow and Wee named as Ka Ting's hitmen Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 May 2008

New Straits Times
by Regina Lee

KUALA LUMPUR: Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai has been accused of being a member of a "snoop squad" formed to expose and discredit certain MCA leaders.
Liow, the MCA Youth chief, and Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Wee Jeck Seng, who was formerly party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting's political secretary, were alleged to have been "political hitmen".

In a hearing before a three-man inquiry committee at the party headquarters yesterday, Wong Leong, a former Petaling Jaya Utara division leader, alleged that the squad was set up in early 2005 by Ong to monitor his political rivals.

He claimed a third person in the "squad" had approached him for information regarding party politics in his division.

A three-member committee comprising Dr Sak Cheng Lum, Tan Sri Michael Chen and Roger Tan was set up by the MCA presidential council last month to investigate the allegation. It held its first inquiry yesterday.

At a press conference after the hearing, Wong claimed that the third person reported only to Ong and had been ordered to compile information on former health ministers Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and Datuk Chua Jui Meng, MCA vice-president Datuk Donald Lim, former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik and his son Ling Hee Liong.

They were all, at one point, said to pose a threat to Ong's leadership in the party.

"Wong himself saw a file on Lim, which was several inches thick, full of photographs of who he went for dinner with," said Datuk Theng Book, who is a "Saving MCA" campaigner and Wong's legal representative .

News of the snoop squad surfaced last month when Wong addressed a dinner gathering in Perak.

Ong denied the accusations.

Chua: My name top of hit list

KUALA LUMPUR: Former MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek yesterday claimed that his name was on top of the snoop squad's "hit list".

He said many MCA leaders and members had warned him that his name topped the list for allegedly not supporting the leadership.

"The group was tasked to remove some eight key members of the party.

"A lot of people have linked the exposure of the DVD featuring myself and another woman to this group."

He said when he admitted that he was the man captured on video engaging in sexual acts with a female friend, he announced his resignation from all party posts.

"I also said that I was not after anyone who was responsible for recording the tape. What is important is my family and their understanding, the party members and my friends," said the former health minister.

"I wish to focus on the development of MCA. I hope party members will accept that the tape is history. I want to move on with my life and continue my service for the party and nation."

Dr Chua appealed to MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting to investigate whether such a group existed.

"I am prepared to come forward with information on this group."

He also called on Ong to stop saying that he (Ong) had nothing to do with the DVD at the party's closed-door meetings and during his working trips.

"I don't understand why he has to bring up my name and the tape if he is not involved."

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