Volunteer shocked by online claims she is a cheat, gambler

Chong (seated, middle) highlighting Chen's (seated, second from left) plight during a press conference on Friday. Also present were fellow volunteers who came to show support for Chen.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tailor Chen Ang Kee, who has been volunteering at the Sungai Buloh National Leprosy Control Centre and the Ampang Old Folks Home for more than 20 years, recently became the victim of defamation on social media.

The 68-year-old, who is known among the local community for her charity work, had her picture spread on social media by a man who claimed she was a con woman and a gambler.

Recalling her first time seeing the man, Chen said she was collecting donations for the home at a kiosk at the Ampang morning market on April 18 when a man, who gave his name as Lim HL, approached her claiming to be an assistant to an Ampang municipal councillor.

"He told me to put away the charity brochures I was holding and made a spitting sound before telling me to leave.

"Two days later, he came again and took many photos of me using his mobile phone. He even snapped pictures of my MyKad and a letter from the National Leprosy Control Centre certifying that I am a volunteer.

"He also threatened to call more people to chase me away," she said when met at a press conference by MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong at Wisma MCA here Friday (May 31).

The mother of three, who has been volunteering since 1992, said her friends and children were shocked to see her photos being circulated on Facebook on May 25, alleging that she was a con woman.

"The posting by Lim HL claimed that I never handed over the collection to charity. Instead, the post said I took all the money to gamble.

"That is untrue and totally unfair to me," said Chen, adding that such baseless claims had affected her volunteer work.

Meanwhile, Chong slammed the man's actions, calling him an imposter who was envious of other's charity work.

"I suspect he is likely a social worker himself, who is unhappy about what Chen is doing for charity.

"He has seven days to come forward and apologise for defaming her. Otherwise, we reserve our right to take legal action against him," Chong said.



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