PETALING JAYA: Based on Dewan Negara’s Hansard, the de facto law minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong was not “misquoted” when he told the House the corruption case involving a minister’s political secretary was closed, says MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The MCA president pointed out Datuk Liew Vui Keong said on Saturday that he never told the House that the political secretary to the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister had bought the luxury watch with his own money.
He told reporters they could check the Hansard, which is parliament’s records.
“He also told me to refer to the Hansard, and I did,” wrote Dr Wee in a Facebook post yesterday.
According to the Hansard, Liew had said “I have been informed that on one case, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had released that person as he was able to explain where he got the funds to buy a watch.”
“The Hansard clearly quoted him saying that,” said Dr Wee.
On April 1, the political secretary to the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister 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.
It was also reported the political secretary had allegedly received the watch from a developer in return for his assistance in securing contracts from the ministry for the developer.
On Saturday, Dr Wee pointed out Liew’s remarks contradicted the MACC’s statement as it had clarified that the case involving the political secretary was not closed.
MACC, added Dr Wee, also said that the investigation papers had been sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers on July 10 for further action.
In a statement last night, Liew’s private secretary Mohd Hanafiah Sahih Montoi denied Dr Wee’s claims.
He said there was no attempt by Liew to clear the political secretary, he said.
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