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Dr Wee and police officers taking a closer look at the hexacopter at Wisma MCA.
KUALA LUMPUR: A remote-controlled aerial vehicle has been found allegedly spying on MCA Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong’s bungalow in Bukit Tiara in Cheras.
Dr Wee said the portable hexacopter with six rotors was found by his neighbour’s son on Aug 8.
“Am I a terrorist? This is an invasion of privacy. They (perpetrators) have no right to do this,” he said at a press conference here yesterday.
According to Dr Wee, the hexacopter fell on his neighbour’s rooftop balcony after it hit the lightning arrester.
His neighbour’s 14-year-old son found the vehicle and informed his parents but his parents did not suspect anything amiss and told him to just throw it away.
However, the boy removed a chip attached to a tiny video camera from the vehicle and, together with his 15-year-old sister, played it on the computer. They made the shocking discovery and the family quickly informed Dr Wee.
Dr Wee collected the craft from his neighbour only on Thursday.
Dr Wee, who showed five short video clips extracted from the chip and recorded on Aug 5, said the hexacopter was aimed in the direction of his house and his neighbour’s.
The video clip showed two men handling the hexacopter in its initial clip. In another, the camera screen paused when a security guard was going on his patrolling rounds and resumed when the guard moved away.
Asked what the motive for this could be, the former Deputy Education Minister said he would not speculate, but added that it was normal before party elections for snooping activities to be conducted on potential leaders.
“I urge the Prime Minister, Home Ministry and the police to monitor those with hobbies of using such craft because it could be used for criminal activities. If there are such activities, it must be curbed,” he said.
Dr Wee had lodged a report on the hexacopter with the police headquarters here, and officers subsequently recorded his statement at Wisma MCA.
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