Friday, August 14, 2009

MACC nabs Ronnie Liu’s assistant after scuffle (Update)

SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested Wong Chuan How, special assistant to Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu, after a scuffle Friday morning.

Both parties have lodged police reports over the incident, which saw Wong injured.

The MACC alleged that Wong, also a Sepang municipal councillor and a contractor, tried to resist arrest and attempted to flee during the 9.30am incident at the Sungai Pelek service centre in the Sepang district.

They were investigating allegations of the abuse of constituency funds by several state assemblymen.

Sources said the MACC officers were meeting Wong on Friday morning, claiming that he had “gone missing” for several weeks despite numerous attempts to contact him over allegations that he had been awarded more than 230 projects worth a total of nearly RM500,000.

The sources said the MACC had last week detained two men whose company was used as a front by a contractor to obtain projects.

When contacted Friday afternoon, Liu was rushing Wong, 50, to the Serdang Hospital to treat his injuries.

Liu said that Wong had been initially told that he was to be questioned as a witness, but the three MACC officers who came to the service centre Friday morning instead told him he was a suspect and was to be arrested and taken to their office for questioning.

“When I was alerted to this, I called the senior MACC officer there and asked him if they could guarantee Wong’s personal safety.

“When they wouldn’t do so, I told Wong to lodge a police report before going with them.

“The Selangor state government will not take chances anymore when it comes to the safety of its employees, given the Teoh case,” he said.

Political aide Teoh Beng Hock was found dead near the MACC office on July 16, the day after he was taken in for questioning. An inquest is currently being conducted into his death.

Liu said the MACC officers should have conducted their questioning at the Sungai Pelek service centre.

“The law does not stipulate where the MACC has to conduct its questioning, so there was no need for them to take him to their office,” said Liu, who claimed the scuffle occurred as Wong stepped out of the office to lodge a report at the police station.

Liu claimed there was some pushing which caused Wong to lose his balance and fall.

“He can’t walk at the moment and his entire right leg is swollen.” he claimed, adding that Wong was “not a young man and is quite heavy-set.”

Liu said he requested the MACC officers allow Wong to be admitted to the hospital for treatment instead of being taken in for questioning.

“But the senior MACC officer disagreed and said they would allow him to receive outpatient treatment and that the questioning would continue,” Liu said.

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