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Ong and duo deny MCA 'snoop squad' involvement Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 May 2008

The Sun
by Tim Leonard

PETALING JAYA (May 14, 2008): Three senior MCA leaders in the centre of the controversial "snoop squad" have denied involvement in such a squad.

The three, who gave their statements to a three-member inquiry panel headed by Tan Sri Dr Sak Chen Lum today, includes MCA president Datuk Ong Ka Ting, Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai and Tanjung Piai chief Wee Jeck Seng, who is also Deputy Sports Minister.

Former Gerakan Belia Bersatu chairman Tee An Chuan was the fourth to be questioned yesterday but gave his statements at the Royal Selangor Club on special request.

Ong, in a statement said: "I do not need to resort to unethical tactics to get rid of anybody."

"I believe these wild allegations by Wong Leong are part of a political smear campaign against me in the run-up to contest for party leadership. There is no truth whatsoever in allegations that he (Wong Leong) mischievously makes but cannot substantiate," said Ong.

On Monday, Wong Leong, the Petaling Jaya Utara MCA adviser, was the first to be called to testify before the panel and exposed Liow, Wee and Tee as a three-member squad who reported directly to Ong.

The snoop squad is alleged to have been set up in February 2005 to get rid of Ong’s political enemies.

Liow, when met by reporters after testifying before the panel in the MCA headquarters on Jalan Ampang, said he had no knowledge on the squad.

"I take these allegations seriously as I believe it is an outright political character assassination. I want to reiterate that I have nothing to do with the snoop squad and these are all baseless allegations against me.

"I will leave it to the committee (inquiry panel) to make their decision as these allegations are a serious attempt to discredit me in the eyes of the public," he added.

Wee, who was the last to answer the panel, said all allegations were lies and he wants to know the truth himself.

"I have no knowledge (on the squad). I want to know about it myself," said Wee.

After the inquiry, which lasted almost five hours, Sak and his two panel members comprising party veteran Tan Sri Michael Chen Wing Sum and senior lawyer Roger Tan, called for a press conference.

Sak said the party would be calling up four more MCA politicians on May 21 before wrapping up the inquiry.

He said among those who would be called include Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, Datuk Yap Pian Hon, Datuk Lim Choon Kim and Hang Chin Pheng.

"We believe interviewing these four members would be sufficient for the time being," said Sak.

"All those whom we have questioned so far have co-operated well," he added.

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