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Tailoring contract row: Nga found not guilty

 | February 17, 2012

The DAP disciplinary panel finds that the assemblyman did not exert influence on the Ipoh City Council in the awarding of the contract.

KUALA LUMPUR: Perak DAP secretary Nga Kor Ming has been found not guilty by the party’s disciplinary committee for influencing the Ipoh City Council in awarding a lounge suit tailoring contract to a company in which his wife has a stake.

Nga is alleged to have used his position as a state executive councillor to gain the contract for Ethan & Elton where his wife, Wong Seow Ching, is a director.

Nga is also Taiping MP and Pantai Remis assemblyman.

The complaint against Nga was lodged last month by the Greentown DAP branch in Ipoh after blogger Ahmad Sofian Yahya, also known as Sekupang Dua, published documents that implicated Nga in the controversy that took place in 2008 when Pakatan Rakyat ruled Perak.

Ahmad published the documents in December last year.

DAP disciplinary committee chairman Tan Kok Wai, who is also Cheras MP, announced the decision of panel’s findings.

“The disciplinary committee finds Nga not guilty as there is no evidence to show Nga exerted influence or pressure on the Ipoh City Council for the company.

“We found the ‘minit bebas’ (independent minutes) untrustworthy,” said Tan, who also heard statements from former menteri besar Nizar Jamaluddin and six former executive councillors who denied having made the proposal for the tailoring contract.

According to Tan, the committee also heard statements of three former councillors who were tender board members during a hearing before Chinese New Year.

He added that Nga’s status as a state assemblyman and state executive councillor did not prevent his wife from being a partner of a company.

Meanwhile, the fate of deputy chief minister P Ramasamy is still unknown as no decision was made today.

“The decision will be delivered at our next meeting,” Tan said.

The disciplinary committee heard the statements of the complainants – Sri Delima assemblyman RSN Rayer and grassroots member D Kanthasamy – who alleged that Ramasamy masterminded a protest in front of a hotel where the Penang DAP state convention was held in December last year.

Ramasamy, who is also Batu Kawan MP and Prai state assemblyman, did not take questions from the press after giving his statements.

In December last year, Rayer and Bagan Dalam assemblyman A Thanasekaran hit out at Ramasamy when the “godfather-warlord” dispute erupted between Ramasamy and DAP national party chairman, Karpal Singh.

Meanwhile in another development, Tan also told the press that six members in Bakri, Johor, have been issued show-cause letters because they staged a protest against Johor DAP chief, Dr Boo Cheng Hau in Muar on Dec 4 last year.

They wanted Boo to be sacked and replaced with another leader.


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