Declare vested interests before claiming to represent community, SFCA president told

Wee had earlier claimed that Sarawak’s urban Chinese would back GPS in the coming poll. – Borneo Post photo.

By Chew Lip Song

SOMEONE who rubs shoulders and does business with top leaders in Sarawak’s ruling coalition should not claim to represent the views of an ethnic group, the Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations (SFCA) president was told.

Special assistant to the Stampin MP, Michael Kong yesterday also told the SFCA president Datuk Richard Wee to declare his personal and business interests with the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) before claiming to speak on behalf of the Chinese in the state.

Kong also questioned Wee’s independence when stating in his capacity as SFCA president recently that urban Chinese would vote for GPS in the coming state election.

Kong said Wee is a director and non-executive vice-chairman of an investment holding company, together with Datuk Ibrahim Baki, who is its executive chairman. Both are also substantial shareholders in the company while Ibrahim is also the deputy secretary-general of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).

“Before Datuk Richard Wee purports to speak on behalf of the Chinese community in support of the GPS, he should declare his personal and business interest with the current GPS government, particularly Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB),” Kong said in a statement.

In 2018, the company acquired an aerial transportation company which operated six units of helicopters and nine units of fixed-wing aircraft covering predominantly Sabah and Sarawak. Its principal business activities are private chartering, emergency medical services, flying doctor services, aerial sightseeing, surveys, mapping and photography, and transportation of passenger and cargo, Kong added.

“While Datuk Richard Wee can count on the elites and the Sarawak State Government as potential customers, unfortunately, most of the Chinese community can only dream of this,” Kong added.

Wee and Ibrahim are also directors with another multi-million company registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia, said Kong. This shows that Wee is closely connected to PBB and would want to see the party’s continued victory in the upcoming polls.

In earlier media reports, Wee was quoted as saying that the Chinese would be supporting the GPS due to the latter’s commitment in fighting for state rights.

Wee had cited as examples – Petronas’ willingness to pay the state sales tax and the recognition of oil mining ordinance as proof of GPS fighting for state rights.