No proof of RM10m donation, says MCA treasurer

Written by Sharon Tan, The Edge  

There is no proof of the RM10 million donation from Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, said MCA treasurer Senator Tan Sri Tee Hock Seng.

Tee, who became the party's treasurer last year, said there was no donation from Tiong since he took over the post.

"All donations must be made to the party and not on personal basis. As far as I know, there is no donation from Tiong. There is no proof," said Tee after attending the party's special briefing on the issues surrounding the Port Klang Free Zone and the RM10 million donation allegedly made to party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat at Wisma MCA yesterday.

Asked if it was possible that the donation was made before he took over as treasurer after the party polls in October last year, Tee said: "So far, nothing."

Asked if any members had received money from Tiong, who is Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club chairman and Bintulu MP, in their personal capacity or on behalf of their divisions, Tee said he had no knowledge of it.

He also said the donations made to the MCA are usually done in a specific manner. "In Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun's case, the money was donated (by Tiong) to MCA at divisional level for a senior citizen group.

"All that is important to the party is that money donated must be accounted for," said Tee.

Tee also confirmed that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had not contacted the party for investigation but said the MCA was ready to give its full cooperation on the matter.

He explained that the party's accounts were audited on a yearly basis.

Meanwhile, MCA secretary-general Datuk Wong Foon Meng said Article 137 of the MCA constitution allows the party to receive donations but is silent on the amount and the mode of receiving.

Asked if the MCA received the RM10 million donation as claimed by Tiong, Wong said: "The burden of proof is on Tiong. You must prove beyond reasonable doubt."