KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong has clarified that he self-funded his trip to Beijing.
In a post on his official Facebook page, he thanked Selangor rep Datuk Teng Chang Khim for his concern.
"I have been invited to join the Prime Minister for his official visit to Beijing.
"However, I self-funded for the trip and did not spend a single cent of the rakyat’s money," he said.
He said before the Prime Minister’s arrival to Beijing, he had the opportunity to meet with Communist Party of China’s (CPC) International Liaison Department Minister, considering the long-standing ties that MCA has enjoyed with the CPC since 1994.
"The MCA leaders who accompanied me for the courtesy call had also funded their own expenses and did not use any public funds for the trip.
"The meeting with the CPC leaders was to promote the bilateral ties between Malaysia and China," he said.
Dr Wee added that he hoped that through dialogue and interaction on the development of both countries, it would further strengthen ties, which is the objective of this visit.
"So why did Teng have to resort to such a vile attack when we had every right to make the courtesy call?
"The accusation that we used public funds or sponsored by government agencies is totally false and baseless," he said, adding that he deeply appreciated if Teng could verify first before making such accusations.
He added that if Teng would like to sponsor his own diplomatic trip to China, he should be free to do so and MCA would have no issue about it.