LDP to Liew: tell where RM3.5m went to?
Published on: Monday, October 01, 2018
Kota Kinabalu: Former President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Datuk Liew Vui Keong should be the one who gave the RM3.5 million residence of the former Prime Minister Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to the party, clarified.
LDP Acting President Datuk Chin Su Phin said that Liew, who is now the de facto Minister of Law, would know best where the money had been spent.
He said that between 2012 and 2013 LDP had received RM3.5 million during Liew's tenure as party chairman, but the party had no idea that the money was then linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), as the scandal had not yet been revealed.
He said that Liew told the members of the Supreme Council that he had received Najib's money for election expenses before the 13th general election (GE13).
Of the RM3.5 million he said that an amount of RM2 million was withdrawn by Liew on 22 April 2013, followed by RM910,000 on 2 May 2013 and RM100,000 on 3 May 2013, which amounted to RM3.01 million.
"Checks issued by our party must be signed by the treasurer general, and either the president or secretary general," he said in a statement.
Chin said during the tenure of Liew as president, Teo, when the Secretary-General, never signed the checks of the party.
"In GE13, Liew had asked Kent Fong, the then treasurer-general to issue a check to withdraw RM2 million (from the party's account)."
He said that the withdrawal of RM2 million was the only check that Liew asked to sign Fong in advance.
After GE13, Chin said that LDP was going through a leader's crisis and Liew did not have the opportunity to clarify where the funds had been used.
Chin revealed that the party had asked Maybank to make photocopies of the three checks.
"It is not necessary to debate, the photocopies will show who has signed and has collected the amounts."
He said that the Commercial Crime Investigation Department of the police had contacted the party to make their statement about the RM 3.5 million political contributions.
"I, as Acting President, and Secretary General Datuk Yong Wui Chung, brought the party ledgers and bank statements to show the police.
"The police wanted to know how the money was spent and we did not have an answer because we were not the ones who withdrew the funds, nor did we have receipts or evidence that we could produce to show the expenses."
Chin said the police were satisfied with their statements and told him that Liew would be contacted to also record his statement.
"This whole incident came from a blogger, LDP did not blame LW.
"You (Liew) just need to clarify the political money with the police, it's as simple as that."
On the other hand, Chin said that the accusations of former Secretary Phillip Tsen with regard to the RM 3.5 million election funds were unfounded and slanderous in nature.
"I reserve the right to take legal action for his slanderous statements."
He claimed that Tsen, then the organizing secretary, had been stripped of his party membership because of the forging of the party chairman's signature when Liew supported LDP.
"Liew had decided not to involve the police at that time.
"In what capacity did Tsen make all these unfounded accusations against LDP, was he instructed by another to do so?" Meanwhile, Fong also confirmed that the party had received a political donation for election expenses.
Fong said that he and Liew, the then party president, had signed three checks to withdraw money for election expenses.
Nonetheless, he said that the police had recorded the RM 3.5 million funds and had completed the official procedure.
Photo source: Bernama