KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8, 2015:
PKR Youth has handed a letter to the Home Minister seeking clarification over alleged gambling kingpin Paul Phua Wei Seng’s status.
In the letter, which was handed to the minister’s private secretary at his office in Putrajaya by its vice chief Fahmi Fadzil, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was asked to clarify seven matters pertaining to the issue.
One of these was whether there was any authenticity to the letter addressed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) signed by Ahmad Zahid that was published in a South China Morning Post (SCMP) article.
The second sought clarification on what sort of national security projects Phua was said to have been involved in.
Fahmi said the letter also questioned whether Phua was in fact a member of the 14K triad and if he had been arrested and prosecuted in Malaysia before.
Ahmad Zahid was asked to further explain whether he referred to the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) on whether Phua was a member of 14K before sending out his letter to the FBI and whether he had sought advice from the Attorney-General on the letter’s contents.
“I hope Zahid is able to respond to this letter in three working days, because it’s important to answer these questions,” Fahmi said in a statement today.
The issue was sparked off by a report in SCMP in December 2014 stating that Ahmad Zahid had written a letter to FBI deputy director Mark Giuliano in which the Home Minister stated that Phua had assisted the Malaysian government in projects that affected national security.
Ahmad Zahid also cleared Phua of being a member of the triad, contradicting a 2008 report by PDRM that identified Phua and his involvement in the triad as a local organised crime syndicate.
Yesterday, Fahmi told The Rakyat Post that Pakatan Rakyat Members of Parliament would also be submitting questions on the issue in the March parliamentary session.