MCA slams Guan Eng’s praise of ‘Kojadi man who lied’

MCA president Wee Ka Siong says the MACC had said Kojadi need not return RM15 million given by Yayasan 1MDB.

PETALING JAYA: The president of MCA has questioned Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s praise of the now-suspended chairman of Koperasi Jayadiri Malaysia Bhd who the party said was in the wrong.

MCA president Wee Ka Siong said today that the Malayian Anti Corruption Commission had not flagged a RM15 million grant to Kojadi from Yayasan 1MDB – which Lim had said should be returned as being 1MDB-linked money.

Wee said the Kojadi chairman Ng Peng Hay had written to the MACC in December last year to seek its advice over the RM15 million from Yayasan 1MDB.

The following month, MACC replied saying that 1MDB was still under investigation and made no mention of Yayasan 1MDB, said Wee. The MACC had also said they would inform Kojadi if it needed to cooperate with its investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Based on MACC’s reply, that Kojadi was not required to return the money, Kojadi therefore did not do so, Wee said.

“What wrong did Kojadi commit by adhering to the law? The board did not even decide on returning the money to the MACC. In essence, Ng lied and went against the board’s directive,” said Wee, who is MP for Ayer Hitam and a former minister.

“Why is Guan Eng believing what Peng Hay is saying,” Wee asked in a Facebook post.

He wondered why Lim was defending Ng and not the 14 other board members who were following the law to the letter.

Lim had praised Ng thrice. At the Dewan Rakyat last week, he described Ng as brave for trying to restore the cooperative’s reputation. Ng had claimed that Wee had stopped him from meeting the MACC over the funds.

However, Kojadi said last month that the RM15 million grant had nothing to do with the accounts of former prime minister Najib Razak. Kojadi’s directors also said Ng’s allegations were not true.

Ng’s claim had come after the MACC announced it was filing civil asset forfeiture suits against 41 people and organisations said to have received money from 1MDB.