MCA vice-president Datuk Chan Kong Choy has called for an all-out effort by the party to stamp out the culture of poison-pen letters.
He said that the malady, if left unchecked, would lead to the destruction of the party.
Highlighting Chan’s call on its front-page, Sin Chew Daily quoted the Deputy Finance Minister as saying that the culture, an act of cowardice, had been around in the MCA for quite some time.
“As far as I know, using poison pen letters to hit at rivals is not something new in the party.
I myself, was on several occasions, a victim of such an evil practice.
I also know that our party president Datuk Seri Dr Ling Liong Sik and his deputy Datuk Seri Lim Ah Lek had been attacked by poison pen letters many times,” Chan was quoted as saying.
The Chinese press had reported on Tuesday that Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting had lodged a police report in Kuala Lumpur about a poison pen letter, which alleged among other things that Ong was involved in triad politics in the MCA.
According to Nanyang Siang Pau, Ong advised those involved in the circulation of the poison pen letters “to turn away from the evil path and be saved.”
“I will decide on my next course of action after police have completed their investigation,” he told the daily.
Dr Ling, according to Sin Chew, told MCA members not to believe the contents of the poison pen letter, which tarnished Ong’s reputation as a party leader.
“As far as I know, the allegations against Ong are fabricated,” he told Sin Chew after attending the Cabinet meeting.
China Press carried an article that Raub Wanita MCA branch chairman Lian Yue Yuen suffered injuries on her right eye, when she was hit by an egg thrown at her by an angry villager who had joined fellow villagers at the Sungai Ruan new village market to protest against a Chinese newspaper for giving an inaccurate report on the number of villagers suspected of suffering from SARS.
According to China Press, hundreds of Sungai Ruan village residents staged a protest against the unnamed newspaper, which had quoted Lian as saying more than 40 villagers had been quarantined, when only 13 had been isolated.
An angry villager pelted Lian, who is also a district councillor, with an egg when she appeared at the market to pacify the protestors, said the daily.
Lian later lodged a report at the Sungai Ruan police station.
Nanyang reported that the Education Ministry has cancelled four education fairs scheduled to be held in mainland China later this year due to the SARS situation in China.
The ministry’s private education department deputy director-general, Datuk Hassan Hashim, told Nanyang that the education fairs and recruitment campaigns scheduled to be held in Beijing and Shanghai jointly by the ministry and the Selangor and Penang governments had been postponed indefinitely.