View Full Version : National leaders must set examples in loyalty

17-03-2003, 10:08 PM
As in Jeff Ooi's blog, <a href="http://jeffooi.blogspot.com/2003_03_16_jeffooi_archive.html#90848948">Screenshots</a>:

<font size="+1"><font color="red">What now, Yen Yen?</font></font>

Deputy minister <b>Dr Ng Yen Yen</b>, besieged with the controversy of her <a href="http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/200303140019505.php">Australian PR</a> status, could only come up with a feeble excuse instead of telling the truth. In fact she dodged the question of her loyalty to the <i>Agong</i> and the country. Her press release Friday night lamented on this: "I cannot help but marvel at the time of this 10-year-old issue being raised again".

If Ng attempts to tell a lie to cover a lie, she had better think twice. It's now incumbent upon her to show proof that her secret of keeping the Australian PR at the material time she was sworn in as a Malaysian Senator was <a href="http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Sunday/National/20030316082612/Article/">ever exposed and put to rest</a> before. This is because <i>The Sun </i>deputy editor <b>R. Nadeswaran</b>, <a href="http://jeffooi.blogspot.com/2003_03_09_jeffooi_archive.html#90748998">who scooped the story</a>, devoted a junior page on Page 3 today to give her a resounding rebuttal: <font face="georgia">"This writer cannot help but categorically state that everyone has a right to disagree with another's views, but if this issue had been previously raised, I wish to stand corrected."</font>

Ng must realise that she owes the King, and the nation one good explanation. In fact, she was given a good calendar month - including a face-to-face private session with <i>The Sun </i>journalists - to come up with a good explanation, but she dodged the issue. Nades recorded this in his commentary today:
<blockquote><font face="georgia">On Feb 13, this writer met Ng, just before the start of the <a href="http://www.usj.com.my/usjXpress/details.php3?table=usjXpress&ID=314">infamous dialog session</a> where the <a href="http://www.usj.com.my/bulletin/upload/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3229">Selangor Menteri Besar</a> urged women to snitch on their husbands.

Copies of the documents listing her business activities in Australia and her PR status were handed over to her.

Give me a week, she said, to respond after consulting her lawyers.

Two days later, a call came from a mutual friend, asking that Ng be given more time.

Last week, deputy Sports and Youth Minister <b>Datuk Ong Tee Keat</b>, in response to criticism on his claims of "<a href="http://www.bernama.com/B2002/news.shtml?general/ge0903_7">politics of triad</a>" in the MCA, hinted on Ng's status.

Drawing an analogy, Ong said, a person holding public office cannot pledge <a href="http://jeffooi.blogspot.com/2003_03_16_jeffooi_archive.html#90783919">allegiance to the country</a> he or she serves and yet at the same time quietly acquire permanent resident status in another country.

It meant that the documents on Ng had been widely circulated.

On Wednesday (March 12) evening, a colleague, Arion Yeow and I met Ng, with two others, over supper in Sri Hartamas in Kuala Lumpur.

During the almost three-hour meeting, we discussed a wide range of issues off-the-record - and it will remain so.

When it came to the real issue - her PR status - she had no comment.</font></blockquote>

Nades' story is a good piece not to be missed. As <i>The Sun </i>doesn't have a web version, I elect to be a messenger and transcribe further, below:
<blockquote><font face="georgia">On Chinese New Year's eve, a brown envelope, marked private and confidential, addressed to this writer, was delivered to the office of this newspaper.

Its content were, to say the least, frightening.

The 12 sheets of paper contained information on the business activities of Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen, before she was appointed deputy Arts, Culture and Tourism Minister.

A cursory glance revealed nothing improper and in view of the long holiday break ahead, the envelope and its contents ended up in the usual place - a steel cabinet.

A week later, the documents were read again. Ng, in April 1992, had declared herself as a permanent resident (PR) of Australia in documents filed with the Australian authorities - the equivalent of our Registrar of Companies.

There were nothing wrong with that.

But when she quit as a director of the Australian-based <b>Indo Pacific Securities Ltd</b>, she gave her full name as: Senator Dr Ng Yen Yen. That resignation letter was dated May 1, 1995.

Alarms bells went off.

The Hansard records that she had raised questions in the <i>Dewan Negara </i>prior to this date.

A check with Parliament authiorities showed that she was appointed <a href="http://jeffooi.blogspot.com/2003_03_16_jeffooi_archive.html#90788599">Senator</a> on August 9, 1993.

That meant that at the material time - while being a Senator - she also held out as a PR of Australia.</font></blockquote>

I was a little puzzled as to why <i>The Sun </i>delayed running the story. Nades shed some lights:
<blockquote><font face="georgia">Opinion was sought from colleagues, who posed the same questions that are now being asked:
<ul><li>What good will it do if these revelations are made public?</li>
<li>What do you aim to achieve by publishing the details?</li>
<li>What do you think will happen after publication?</li></ul>

The two-word answer was, then, and now: <b>public interest</b>.

<b>It is morally and ethically (though not legally), wrong for a lawmaker to have nothing less than 100% loyalty and faith in this country and its systems.</b>

Whatever shortcomings or unhappiness with the system, there are proper avenues and procedures for remedial measures.

What kind of message, I asked colleagues, will we be sending to ordinary citizens like you and me, if a person of Ng's standing and stature, seeks PR status, and yet continues to enjoy the privileges of being a Malaysian citizen and a member of the Upper House of Parliament?

What messages do we convey to our professionals when the whole country is talking about brain-drain and the lack of qualified people to work in our hospitals and the IT industry?</font></blockquote>

Interestingly, Ng's press statement did not comment on her business activities and her association with controversial politician-businessman, <b><a href="http://www.usj.com.my/bulletin/upload/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3291">Datuk Soh Chee Wen</a></b>.

Mark this space. It won't go away that easily.

P/S: <i>I was unable to blog this morning due to slow connectivity to overseas websites.</i>

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18-03-2003, 10:13 AM
<font size="+1"><font color="red">Questions for Yen Yen</font></font>

Letters to Editors start to trickle in on Yen Yen's questionable loyalty.

<b>Robert Hum</b> of Melbourne, writing to <a href="http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/200303150019505.php">Malaysiakini</a>, says <a href="http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/200303170034058.php">cost of education</a> may be her motive:
<blockquote><font face="georgia">Permanent residency of Australia entitlement includes not having to pay full fees for oneís children's tertiary education. A PR only pays the home studentís scale of fees.

There is a fourfold difference between home student fees and foreign student fees. A Bachelor of Commerce fee for a home student is about RM9,100 (A$4,000) per annum whereas a foreign student pays about RM36,500 (A$16,000).</font></blockquote>

Also in <i></i>Malaysiakini, <b>Ll Ding </b>posed her three questions, <a href="http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/200303170034061.php">point-blank</a>:
<blockquote><font face="georgia"><ul><li>By sending all her three children to study in Australia, is it clearly tantamount to casting a vote of non-confidence in our education system?</li>
<li>The second, and more serious, question: Are her children and husband still holding Australian PR? If the answer is yes, then it seems to imply that the family does not have confidence in Malaysiaís future.</li>
<li>Were it not for vested political interest (getting appointed as a Senator), would she have surrendered her PR status?</li></ul></font></blockquote>

In <a href="http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Tuesday/Letters/20030318082434/Article/">New Straits Times</a>, <b>J.K.LEE </b>of Penang says Ng has no option but to resign her office. Or else Chinese Malaysians' loyalty to the country may be in serious question, if history and the the chapters on communist insurgency are revisited, according to the letter writer.
<blockquote><font face="georgia">For a person in high government office to have been, or to remain, a permanent resident of another country is morally unjustifiable and politically unacceptable.

It is a serious act which calls his or her allegiance to the country into question.

The honourable thing for Deputy Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister, Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen to do is step down from her office to which she has brought disrepute by her admission to holding an Australian PR.

MCA leaders have, even before Merdeka, been at pains to convince the Malay political elite and leadership, moderates and extremists alike, that the great majority of Malaysian Chinese are loyal and owe no allegiance to any other country in their efforts to safeguard their legitimate rights and interests.

They faced the most difficult task during and in the aftermath of the communist insurgency when most subversive elements happened to be Malaysian Chinese. Malays could not be blamed for not whole-heartedly trusting Malaysian Chinese.

Dr Ng, as a leader of the MCA, has negated MCA's efforts to fight off the erroneous perception of Malaysian Chinese loyalty to the country. There may be others like her in the party. They should also own up and step down from their high offices.</font></blockquote>

Your answer, Yen Yen?