Sunday, July 26, 2009

Police report filed against 'Beng Hock' blog

By Rahmah Ghazali

Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah today lodged a police report against a blog that accused him of being involved in corruption and his colleague Ronnie Liu of siphoning off state funds in 2008.

Speaking to reporters before lodging the report at the Shah Alam police district headquarters, Ean said the blog "wanted to shift people's attention from the controversial death of his political aide Teoh Beng Hock."

The blog had accused Liu and Ean of having a hand in Teoh's death and that they were involved in corrupt practices, particularly with state funds meant for the MCA-held Sungai Pelek constituency.

"The blog also tried to implicate me in Teoh's death by accusing me and Liu of forcing him (Teoh) to collude in unlawful activities.

"These are all lies as Teoh never worked for Liu and he was never involved with the Sungai Pelek allocation affairs," he said.

Ean, who is also mulling filing a report with the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission, also claimed that the blog was aimed at "disrupting unity among Pakatan Rakyat partners."

Liu, who initially did not agree to lodging a police report against the blog, said he agreed to it following the "advice he received from his DAP colleagues."

"I did not plan to lodge a police report because I don't believe in the police. I also stressed before that I would not report to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) either as I have lost faith in them.

"But my friends from DAP and the top Pakatan leadership said that I still need to lodge a report to avoid our enemies from manipulating the facts...and to show that I don't have anything to hide," said Liu, who has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Liu: I am an easy target

The blog titled 'Truth for Teoh Beng Hock' had posted documents to back its claim that 84 'projects' amounting to more than RM200,000 in the Sungai Pelek constituency were awarded to Liu's special assistant and Selayang councillor Wong Chuan How.

Sungai Pelek is a state seat held by Yap Ee Wah of the opposition Barisan Nasional.

Yesterday, Liu and Ean again reiterated that they have been defamed by the blog which alleged that the late Teoh had proof of the duo's corruption.

Teoh was found dead last week at the fifth floor landing of Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam, several hours after being questioned at the Selangor MACC on the 14th floor of the same building.

Today, Liu claimed that MACC will take action against him and Ean "although no report was lodged by anybody" over the allegations in the blog.

He also labelled himself as an "easy target for false allegations" as he is the state exco for local development.

Meanwhile, Shah Alam PAS parliamentarian Khalid Samad, who was also present, accused Umno and BN of trying to wreck Pakatan's unity in Selangor by targeting DAP.

"We all know that all the state fund expenditure has been posted on Liu's blog and this shows that the current state government now is more transparent," he said.

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