Padungan rep lodges report over smear campaign against Chong

KUCHING, June 28: Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei believes a particular political party is behind the coordinated smear attacks against Democratic Action Party (DAP) leaders in the Facebook page `Sarawak People Stand Up’.

With Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Chong Chieng Jen as the latest victim of the attacks, which was posted on that Facebook page yesterday, Wong said he had reason to believe the page was being run by that party.

He said the recent post yesterday alleging Chong pocketed 30 per cent of profits from the eight Sarawakian food and beverages (F&B) manufacturers in exchange for Approved Permits (APs) to import sugar directly came about at the same time when political secretary to the Chief Minister, Tan Kai, issued a statement urging Chong to reveal the names of the eight manufacturers.

“I want to point out something so coincidental on the statement made by Tan Kai also yesterday on the same issue, him asking Chong to disclose all the names of the eight food and beverages manufacturers given the AP.

“Although he did not allege the 30 per cent returns (to be pocketed by Chong), so coincident both posts came out on the same day (June 27),” he told reporters after lodging a police report at Kuching One Stop Centre Police Station here this afternoon.

Wong (in dark-blue shirt), flanked by Chong’s special assistants Julian Tan (left) and Abdul Aziz Isa, showing reporters the Facebook posting.

Wong said the same Facebook page is also the one responsible for accusing him in August last year of swindling public funds. Until today, there has not been any development of the investigation after he reported the allegation.

He said he was very disappointed with the no-progress made by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the police on the matter.

Apart from him and Chong, Wong said the Facebook page also attacked DAP leaders like Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong, Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

“These are fake news and are blatant defamatory statements. When the police can identify the person behind this for us, we will no doubt take legal actions against the person.

“If you can justify what you said, just identify yourself. Because under defamation law you have the full total defence as to justification. If you can justify, just come out identify yourself. Don’t hide like a mouse behind the general Facebook page,” said Wong. — DayakDaily