Chinese Chauvinist DAP this evening announced the expulsion of Klang municipal council member Tee Boon Hock for abuse of power, by using State Government Exco letterhead for the benefits of his cronies.
Published: Saturday July 31, 2010 MYT 7:45:00 PM
Updated: Saturday July 31, 2010 MYT 7:56:47 PM
DAP sacks Klang municipal councillor Tee Boon Hock
By WANI MUTHIAH
KLANG: DAP has sacked Klang municipal councillor Tee Boon Hock, who allegedly misused a Selangor exco member’s letterhead to secure contracts for his cronies, from the party, sources said.
Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim had asked him to go on leave, pending the outcome of a state government investigation into the allegations.
Tee has denied all the allegations.
On July 27, The Star reported that a municipal councillor had allegedly used a state exco member’s official letterhead and seal by writing his own letters of support to obtain contracts for his cronies and a family member.
It is alleged that the councillor, a DAP veteran, had secured contracts worth more than RM1mil for 20 companies from the council where he had been serving since July 2008.
Although the man — who has strong party connections — has no access to the exco member’s office now, he has, however, been reappointed as a councillor for a third term.
The councillor sits on several important committees — including the tender board — at the council, one of the biggest in the state.
Exco member Ronnie Liu has confirmed that his letterhead had been misused and that the local councillor was now being investigated by the party.
However, members claimed internal action was “not enough”.
Few says ago, Tee went on national TV denying the allegations and threatened to sue the report. Apparently, Tee did what he denied on air.
The question now looms; is the expulsion adequate? Will the Pakatan Rakyat Selangor State Government do the right thing and report the matter to the MACC, so that formal investigations are being carried out and if there is a case, the perpetrators be charged in court?
Many people believed that Tee is just a small fry in the web of corrupt practices amongst Pakatan Rakyat leaders in Selangor, now dubbed ‘Pakatan Rasuah’. So many believed that the expulsion of Tee is just a cover up. The bigger fish is DAP State Exco Ronnie Liu, who is Tee’s boss.
Liu is a name that consistently crops up whenever the issue of why political aide Teoh Beng Hock died, right after the interview with MACC a year ago. A lot of contracts which trails lead to Liu was uncovered upon Teoh’s demise. In fact, the manner of how Liu reacted when Teoh’s body was taken for autopsy at Klang Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital illustrated on how he is seen to be ‘trying to cover something up’.
Suddenly, anonymous blog ‘Truth for Teoh Beng Hock’ becomes very credible, although it stopped posting.
The recent sand mining operations by Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd is a good illlustration of a State Government cover up. The amount of sand being extracted from the ground compared to the proceeds that the Selangor State Government really got, the KSSB scheme and how the company monopolise the sand mining operations in the state and where all the sand went because of the sheer volume extracted did not commenurate any huge construction projects (which include land reclamation) lead pointing towards the cover-ups.
The MACC should investigate not only Tee’s case but also Liu. The focus should be on contracts issued, new license for ‘massage parlours and karaokes’ increase since Pakatan Rakyat took over and of course, on illegal factories growth and non action against them.
Selangor Rakyat have been short changed with all these corrupt and organised-crimes-protected-by-State-Government far too long. They should know who they voted in on 8 March 2008.