Wong’s appointment to Seda reeks with conflict of interest

Wong’s appointment to Seda reeks with conflict of interest

PUCHONG: Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong raised concerns over possible conflict of interest arising from the appointment of Public Accounts Committee deputy chairman Wong Kah Woh as Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) chairman yesterday.

“Previous Seda chairmen such as Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn, Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai and Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Hassan (acting chairman) were not members of PAC, what more holding the position as PAC deputy chairman. It is different from Wong,” said Wee who is also MCA president and the party’s sole representative in the Dewan Rakyat via a statement.

Ayer Hitam MP and MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong

“Imagine what would happen if Seda is investigated by the PAC. Wouldn’t there be conflict of interest given the fact that the Seda chairman and PAC deputy chairman is the same individual?” Wee added.

Using Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusoff as an example to elaborate his point, Wee said Ariff caused conflict of interest by failing to take Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to the rights and privileges committee as the speakers’sson was Lim’s press secretary.

“In conclusion, it would be ideal if the Seda chairman position is given to others, instead of PAC members like Wong to avoid conflict of interest in the future.”

He also compared Wong’s appointment to the appointment of opposition MPs heading the PAC.

“The government’s determination in encouraging democratic practices such as appointing opposition MPs as PAC chair is a commendable move but the deputy chairman’s appointment would be viewed as a step back. As a result, the PH government’s determination and commitment for an integrity government would go to waste.”

He said that he was not politicising the issue but is doing his job as a check and balance to the government.

“If you don’t want to hear my criticism, even independent bodies such as the Coalition for Free and Fair Election (Bersih2.0) criticised Wong’s appointment.

“They said Wong should not have accepted the Seda chairman post or any other post in government linked corporations,” Wee said.