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MCA Deputy President and Secretary-General in trouble – WWW 15

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 — Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha must explain why his MCA colleague Datuk Seri Dr Liow Tiong Lai received the WWW 15 vehicle registration number for free, the DAP has said. “There are no free numbers unless there is an exemption by the transport minister,” DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said today, referring to Kong.

Kong is MCA secretary-general while Liow is the party’s deputy president. Liow has said the Road Transport Department (RTD) had given the WWW 15 vehicle registration number to him for free, deepening the mystery as to why the number was valued at RM24,200 in the first place on the department website.

WWW 15 is among the vehicle registration numbers in the WWW series that helped bring in some RM12 million for the RTD. An unnamed officer earlier said that the name listed as the winning bidder had to pay up, be it an organisation or an individual.

“Kong Cho Ha, did you exercise your powers reasonably? Is it not an abuse of power? “What JPJ (RTD) did was correct, you must bid for the number to increase the revenue,” Lim added. “Kong Cho Ha has to answer. There are now two big question marks on the part of Liow and Kong,” the DAP leader said. Before claiming that WWW 15 was given to him for free, Liow had at first said yesterday that he was not sure who paid the RM24,200 for the registration number.

He however confirmed that the Health Ministry did not pay for the bid but defended himself by saying that the “process (of bidding) was handled by JPJ (RTD).” Pressed for answers over who paid for the bid, Liow said “not sure, I have to check”.

“All ministers are eligible for one number; I didn’t exercise the option earlier,” Liow had said.

“Numbers to me are not important; what is more important is service to the people,” he added.

Thousands of people had thronged the three Kuala Lumpur RTD branches to place their bids for the coveted WWW numbers. -TMI