Ex-aide: Cheng ought to know better than to slam Ong

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 28 Nov 2009

PETALING JAYA: The former political secretary to the MCA president has dismissed claims that Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat failed to establish close relationships with Chinese associations.

Referring to a recent statement made by Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Malaysia (ACCCIM) president Tan Sri William Cheng, Simon Lim said Ong’s close connection with the Chinese guilds and associations could not be denied.

“The statement could not possibly be ACCCIM’s view but just Cheng expressing his personal stand on the matter,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Lim, also the MCA special task force bureau chief, urged Cheng not to discredit MCA’s contributions.

“Even though the statement made by Cheng is regrettable, I still respect his views on the matter. I thank him for his concern over party matters,” he said.

“However, it would be more appropriate if Cheng had gotten to the bottom of the matter by clarifying his concerns with MCA’s leadership before issuing any statement to the public.”

Lim pointed out that Ong had, in January, led a business and trade delegation comprising renowned Chinese association leaders and entrepreneurs to China and the visit brought in numerous business opportunities.

“Ong had proposed to the Chinese government to offer low-interest loans to Malaysian small- and medium-scale enterprises to allow them easy access to funds to start businesses,” he said.

“The proposals received positive responses from the Chinese government,” he said, adding that it was impossible that Cheng, as the ACCCIM president, was unaware of this.

Lim said the MCA had also cooperated with the Chinese associations when organising a dinner to welcome Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s appointment as the Prime Minister in June.

“This reflects the cooperation between the party and Chinese guilds and associations,” he said.

“The dinner also served as a platform for the groups to voice their views and aspirations.”

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