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Tuesday, 10 June 2008

The Sun
by Giam Say Khoon

KUALA LUMPUR (June 10, 2008): The three-man investigation panel set up by the MCA to probe a damning allegation that party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting had set up a snoop squad to spy on and purge his political rivals has concluded that the claim was baseless.

Party deputy president Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy said the panel presented its findings to the presidential council today.

"The report states that there is no evidence to prove Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, the president of the party, and other alleged leaders (Youth chief Datuk Liow Tiong Lai and Johor division chief Wee Jeck Seng) were involved in the setting up of a three-man secret committee as accused by (Petaling Jaya Utara division adviser) Wong Leong.

"The council wishes to express its disapproval, in the strongest terms, over the allegations and unfair accusations that have been made against the party and its leaders," he told a press conference after the council meeting.

Chan also said the council warned its members against making further statements on the case as the inquiry had proven there was no basis to such claims.

The report by the panel comprising party veterans Tan Sri Sak Cheng Lum and Tan Sri Michael Chen and lawyer Roger Tan will be posted on the MCA website, said Chan.

The report's summary concluded that:

> It is not proven that Ong is involved in a secret committee as alledged by Wong, including paying Tee Ann Chuan (the alleged spy who collected political intelligence for the snoop squad) RM10,000 per month;

> It is not proven that there was a three-man secret committee aimed at purging all dissidents in MCA, including former vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and Datuk Donald Lim;

> Although there is evidence to show that Tee had travelled around the country and met MCA grassroots leaders to gather political information, his motive and objective are only known to himself; and

> It has been proven that Tee had been to the 16th floor (Liow's office when he was the Deputy Youth and Sports Minister) and this had raised suspicion as to the nature of his activities.

Asked if the "complainants" will face disciplinary action for making baseless allegations against party leaders, Chan said the council decided that the next council meeting will decide whether the complaintants should be referred to the disciplinary committee.

Asked if the panel intended to resolve the suspicion raised about Tee going to the 16th floor, Chan said: "As far as the panel is concerned, the investigation is completed and it ends here."

In an immediate response, Ong, in a statement, said he was glad that the outcome had cleared his name.

"I have been advocating healthy political culture and I do not need to use such underhand and immoral tactics in my political career. I hope all will let go of their disagreements and work together to rebuild the party."

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