PETALING JAYA: De facto law minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong should clear the air over his statement about the luxury watch owned by the political secretary to the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).
The MCA president said that if Liew had mistakenly given the wrong information in the Dewan Negara, he should say so instead of letting his private secretary "clean up" his mess.
"If something wrong was said, just apologise and retract your statement at Dewan Negara. End of story!" said Dr Wee in a statement on Facebook on Monday (July 29).
He pointed out that previously, Liew said in Dewan Negara that the political secretary had purchased the watch, but the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) freed the man as he was able to explain where he obtained the money to buy it.
However, Dr Wee pointed out that this contradicted a statement by MACC, whereby the anti-graft body said that the investigation papers were sent and now awaiting a decision from the Attorney General's Chambers.
A source from the Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) also revealed that the political secretary admitted that the watch was a gift, said Dr Wee, adding that this further proved that Liew's statement was contradictory.
Dr Wee pointed out that Liew on Saturday (July 27) then said that he never told the House that the political secretary had bought the luxury watch with his own money as reported by the media and told reporters to check the Hansard, which is Parliament's records.
"VK Liew said to refer to the Dewan Negara Hansard, I've done so.
"It was proven that what was in the Hansard was the same as what was reported by the media" he said.
In a statement on Sunday night (July 28), Liew's private secretary, Mohd Hanafiah Sahih Montoi, denied Dr Wee's claims and said that there was no attempt by Liew to clear the political secretary.
"Until now VK Liew is still quiet and has run away from being responsible towards his own statement. Instead, his private secretary came forward to answer on his behalf, " said Dr Wee.
On April 1, the political secretary was arrested for allegedly receiving a luxury watch worth RM28, 000 as a gift.
The following day, a remand order was obtained to hold him for four days to assist in the investigation.