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MCA Tiong’s RM10m Donation Scandal

MCA officials pledged their support behind embattled party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and claimed records show no donations received from Barisan Nasional (BN) backbenchers chief Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing last year.

Tiong, who is also CEO of Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) turnkey contractor Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB), had claimed this week that he had made a RM10 million donation to MCA through Ong.

His company also disclosed how Ong, the transport minister, had taken at least four flights on its private jets without paying for it.

Ong, who has built up an image of being clean and transparent, was forced to deny the allegations and called a special closed-door briefing for divisional leaders here today in an attempt to explain himself.

But his reputation is now in tatters following the allegations.

His position as party president is shaky with supporters of deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, who was absent from today’s gathering, expected to push ahead with plans to call for an extraordinary general meeting to remove him.

Yesterday, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers are believed to have questioned Tiong over the allegations.

Even if Ong is able to explain the RM10 million “donation” he will still find it hard to explain the free flights he took on KDSB jets, which are not allowed under the government’s General Orders.

Tee said party leaders were fully behind Ong.
MCA treasurer Tan Sri Tee Hock Seng told reporters today the party had not received any donations from Tiong since he became treasurer last year.

“I have not checked previous records but since taking over there have been no donations from Tiong,” he said, adding he was not sure if donations were received in the past.

He said the MACC had not yet contacted the party over the matter.

Tee, who is also the party’s Federal Territory chairman, said party leaders were fully behind Ong and his decisions on PKFZ.

He said Tiong’s allegations had tarnished the image of the party and its president.

They also supported a move for a police report to be lodged while calling on Tiong to explain and apologise within seven days or face legal action for defamation.

The embattled MCA president refused to take questions from the press after briefing the divisional leaders.

Instead, Ong said he would leave it to his members to tell the press if they were satisfied with his explanation during the closed-door meeting.

“The meeting was very interactive and there were a lot of sharp questions from members,” he said.

The allegations were made after a special task force investigating the PKFZ found that KDSB, the turnkey contractor for the project, had made questionable claims of at least RM500 million. A police report was lodged last week.

Today, MCA secretary -general Datuk Wong Foon Meng claimed the grassroots were fully behind the party president and called on Tiong to prove his allegations.

“The burden is on Tiong to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.”

On the flip side, Wong said the party’s constitution allows for donations to be collected.

It however does not specify the mode of how donations should be collected, he said.

Source : The Malaysian Insider

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1 Comment so far

  1. Encik Jamal on August 17th, 2009

    Clearly the recipients did not force Tiong to donate money.

    Tiong donated on his free will to whoever he wishes.

    The most important question to ask is:

    Where Tiong got so much money from?

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