SHAH ALAM: A fresh twist has emerged in the case concerning the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock.
Documents purportedly showing details of money being siphoned off to non-existent organisations and individuals by certain Selangor executive councillors have surfaced on the Internet.
The allegations, however, were immediately denied by exco member Ronnie Liu.
Documents supposedly showing names, cheque numbers and vouchers from the state assemblymen's development allocations have appeared on a blog called "Truth for Teoh Beng Hock" (http://t4tbh.blogspot.com) yesterday.
The names of two exco members, said to be already under investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over alleged abuse of public funds, were mentioned in the blog.
Seven Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen in Selangor were reportedly being investigated for alleged misuse of constituency development funds.
They are Teresa Kok (Kinrara assemblyman), Ean Yong (Seri Kem- bangan), Dr Cheah Wing Yin (Daman- sara Utama), Elizabeth Wong (Bukit Lanjan), Hannah Yeoh (Subang Jaya), Lau Weng San (Kampung Tunku) and Edward Lee (Bukit Gasing).
Kok, Ean Yong and Wong are exco members. Teoh was Ean Yong's political secreatry.
The blog alleged that dummy companies were paid with fake invoices for non-existent projects using the allocations.
Each assemblyman is given RM500,000 in development allocations for his constituency.
The blog also alleged that Teoh was forced to be involved in the scandal and that he had made copies of all the vouchers and stored them in a disc of which a copy was said to have been given to someone for safe keeping.
MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Abu Kassim Mohammed confirmed that several state assemblymen were under investigations for alleged misuse of public funds, but declined to elaborate.
Liu, at a press conference in Shah Alam yesterday, refuted the allegations made on the blog. Also present was Ean Yong.
Liu said the names of some companies mentioned were indeed correct, but that was because his office had dealings with them to organise events.
However, he claimed the blogger had made up most of the others, like the percentage given to DAP assemblymen.
On accusations that 84 projects, totaling over RM200,000 with different names of companies, were given to one "contractor" Wong Chuan How, Liu said this was absurd as Wong worked for him and was a Sepang municipal councillor.
"He deals with the district office in Sungai Pelek to ensure that allocations for the rakyat goes to the people," he said.
Liu also lambasted the blogger for creating the impression that DAP excos were stealing money meant for the public and tarnishing Teoh's name.
Liu said the "documents" on the allocations on the blog could have been taken from his own blog Colour-Blind.org and the details twisted to create discontent among the Pakatan Rakyat coalition members.
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