Prove blogger’s claims are false, rep urged

(The Star) – Pantai Remis state assemblyman Nga Kor Ming has been urged to prove his innocence over allegations made by a blogger on a tailoring contract awarded to his wife’s company.

Perak MCA secretary Datuk Tan Chin Meng said Nga had merely claimed that the documents, which surfaced in the blog, were forged but did not deny the contents.

“On one hand, Nga claimed that the documents were forged, but on the other hand, he did not deny the contents of the blog,” he said in a press statement issued here yesterday.

He suggested that the Perak DAP secretary lodge a police report over the allegations.

“If the documents were indeed forged, then Nga should lodge a police report to allow investigations to begin, which will prove his innocence,” he said in a statement yesterday.

According to the blog, Nga’s wife won a tailoring contract to make lounge suits for Ipoh city councillors shortly after Pakatan Rakyat took over the Perak Government.

The minutes of the Ipoh City Council meeting revealed that Ethan & Elton, of which she was a director, was the highest bidder, charging RM650 per suit compared to the lowest price offered by Goodman Tailor at RM450 a suit.

The blog claimed that a contract for 24 lounge suits was awarded to Goodman Tailor on April 3, 2008, but was later given to Ethan & Elton at the suggestion of the then state government.

“It is curious that a company which was set up shortly after Pakatan Rakyat took over the Perak Government can win a contract even though its bid turned out to be the highest,” Tan said.

He noted that Nga was a member of the state exco in charge of education, local government, housing and public transport at the time, adding that he owed the public an explanation.

“Nga should explain the suspicious circumstances of how his wife’s company won the tailoring contract,” Tan added.

Blogger Ahmad Sofiyan Yahya, who writes under the Sekupang Dua blog, lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission over Nga’s alleged involvement in the tailoring contract.

“Nga has accused me of making up evidence in a report on Monday and to live up to his challenge, I am now lodging a report against him,” he said here yesterday.

Ahmad Sofiyan added that he had received the documents after Pakatan Rakyat took over Perak.

Nga said the allegations were “totally unfounded” and reserved the right to file a defamation suit.