“We want to stay away from political issues”, says Wee

Wee (seventh left) taking a group photo with approved applicants of KGC and Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations members at Heng Ki Kopitiam this morning. (August 9, 2020)

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Aug 9: Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations wants to stay away from political issues in Sarawak unless being called to help the people, said its president Datuk Richard Wee.

“We are willing to assist (the people) as long as the government requests us to do so, but we do not want to get involved in the political side,” he said when presenting 350 Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) to approved applicants at Heng Ki Kopitiam here today.

He added that if his association were asked to lend a hand to serve the people of Sarawak, they would be there to assist as what they did this morning in distributing the approved KGC, which was entrusted by the Ministry of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Children Development.

Otherwise, Wee said he would like to stay away from all the political issues.

On a related issue regarding the legal writ served on Michael Kong, who is special assistant to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, Wee claimed to just let the ‘legal ball’ rolling.

“I think those things are already in the process of legal action, I think it’s better that the law takes its own course.

“We would see how it develops. It’s not appropriate for me to make too many comments now,” he said.

On August 7, Wee had instructed his legal council Shankar Ram Asnani to file a suit against Michael Kong over an alleged defamatory statement on the latter’s Facebook page.

In the social media post, Kong stated that Wee has been a business partner of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy secretary-general Datuk Ibrahim Baki which naturally means a close business background and connection between Wee and PBB.

As such, Kong said that Wee would undoubtedly want to see the continued victory of PBB in the coming 12th Sarawak state election (PRN12).

In response, Wee had claimed the allegations made to be unjust, unfounded and calculated which could cause irreparable harm to Wee’s good family name and business reputation. —DayakDaily