1. Personal dislike: Ain’t no fan of Oriental Daily News:
11 July, 2005: A MCA Johor leader barred the distribution of Oriental Daily News and allegedly threatened to throw copies of the Chinese-language newspaper into a dustbin during the state wing’s convention on Saturday.
Fifteen minutes later, state secretary Tee Siew Kiong had a change of heart.
In a report on the incident, Oriental Daily News said Tee had prevented its staff from distributing the newspaper at the convention hall and car park.
He then allegedly warned that he would throw the copies into the trash if they were not removed from the front entrance.
According to the daily, which is known for ruffling feathers in MCA with its scathing articles, he also lodged a police report on the matter.
When quizzed by its staff, Tee had told them that the directive came from MCA Johor committee chairperson and Health Minister Dr Chua Soi Lek (photo).
He claimed that Oriental Daily News, unlike other Chinese-language newspapers, had not informed him about distributing its publication at the venue.
However, Tee later relented and allowed the newspaper’s staff to continue distributing the copies.
He was also quoted as telling them “Let’s be good to each other”.
‘They were rude’
Contacted today, Tee denied that the daily was barred because of its hard-hitting reports.
“This happened two days ago, I don’t want to talk about it…We did not ban Oriental Daily for its reports, it is just because that they did not tell us beforehand about wanting to distribute the newspapers,” he said.
“When I asked, the staff also could not answer. They were rude and did not know how to respect the organiser.”
However, a party insider had a different version.
According to him, Chua – a staunch supporter of former MCA president Dr Ling Liong Sik (photo) – was unhappy with one of the daily’s reports which had accused the latter of meddling in the party’s upcoming polls.
In a related development, it is said that, while current president Ong Ka Ting is looking forward to state leaders openly pledging support for him to fend off challenger Chua Jui Meng, the response from Johor has been dismal.
The state convention only had banners supporting Soi Lek in his candidacy for a vice-president’s post.
Although Ong (photo) had started his political career in Johor, the state is now considered under the control of Soi Lek.
2. Career: The Secretary and an Assemblyman
31 March 2008:
Ong Ka Ting announced the new line-up for Johor MCA and Chua Soi Lek’s name is not in it. Apart from Chua, his allies have been changed, including YB Datuk Tee Siew Kiong and Low Teh Hian.
Tee and Low are loyal supporters of Chua and what Ong has announced has been seen as to sideline Chua’s cronies.
Tee Siew Kiong was political secretary of Dato’ Sri Dr. Chua Soi Lek before the energetic doctor resigned as Health Minister following the disclosure of Chua’s scandalous dvd sex video.
At the 12th GE, Tee was elected as a state assemblyman of Pulai Sebatang.
3. Moral stand?
Tee advised students against indulging in immoral activities…
11 November 2008:
Talk show on social evils to guide youth
THE Federation of Chinese Youth Associations and the Pontian Eng Choon Association jointly organised a talk show on social ills at the Pei Chun Chinese Secondary School in Pontian recently.
The talk focused on five main social ills — snatch thefts, drug abuse, prostitution, illegal entertainment outlets and illegal video game outlets.
Organising chairman Tey Chee Kiong said it was important to get rid of the social ills to ensure a peaceful life for all families.
“The current education system lacks counselling and sex education.
“This year, many cases were highlighted in newspapers on students engaging in immoral activities. Some of these were even circulated through handphones.
“This indicates that many students lack the ability to tell what is morally right and wrong,” he said.
Pulai Sebatang assemblyman Tee Siew Kiong advised students to be disciplined and stay away from negative elements. He urged them to tap their potential to do useful things in life.
Tee donated RM3,000 to the federation for future activities.
4. Business: The savvy property investor
Mr Tee Siew Kiong and wife apparently are savvy property investors.
The pair also engages in more interesting deals apparently.
According to the blog MOH Land Scam, both husband and wife (via proxy through one of the directors and shareholder Phua Tai Kiang the brother-in-law of Tee Siew Keong) also got the savviness to make a biggie deal via Kurnia Heights Sdn Bhd to signed a sale & purchase from the original owners, Lee family of Maha Global Sdn. Bhd. for a sum of RM8 million plus, as revealed from the documents which shown a redemption sum of approximately RM4.065 million to be paid to the chargee bank, RHB Bank Bhd, and approximately RM3.048 million to be paid to Maha Global Sdn. Bhd. with the usual upfront deposit. The said land was subsequently sold to the Government for an astonishing sum of RM29 million.
Maha Global Sdn. Bhd can thus be alleged to have made a clean profit of RM19 million, according to the envious blogger.
19 October, 2008:
…at least seven of the 25 elected MCA Central Committee (CC) members are said to be staunch supporters of Dr Chua.
Dr Chua’s CC “supporters” are said to be led by his former political secretary, Tee Siew Kiong. Although at present there are only seven Dr Chua’s “supporters” in the CC, Yap pointed out that in politics, chances of other CC members “shifting” camp were high.
3 September 2009:
The dissenters now — among them former deputy home minister Datuk Seri Tan Chai Ho, former one-term member of parliament Loh Seng Kok, and Soi Lek’s former political secretary Tee Siew Keong — are either has-beens or political lightweights.
But this time, it is not over something that resonates deeply with the community, but whether certain individuals should have a more prominent role in the party.