Puchong candidate Yeo Bee Yin said most of the properties listed by C4 are under different constituencies such as Subang.
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The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Center) claimed that former Bakri MP Yeo Bee Yin might have a conflict of interest if she contests for the Puchong parliamentary seat.
In a statement, C4 Center alleged that Yeo’s in-laws possess “vast business interests” in the area and that’s one of the reasons why she was nominated for the seat there.
Yeo is married to IOI Properties Group Bhd CEO Lee Yeow Seng, whose late father Lee Shin Cheng, founded IOI Group Bhd, one of the country’s largest developers and plantation cultivators.
As such, C4 Center said that IOI Group has main investment properties across the Puchong constituency such as IOI Mall Puchong, IOI Boulevard Puchong, Sheraton Puchong, the Puchong Financial Corporate Centre, Palm Garden Hotel, Palm Garden Golf Club and the IOI Palm Villa Golf and Country Resort.
According to Free Malaysia Today, Yeo refuted the claims and said none of the areas were in the Puchong constituency.
The businesses listed by C4 Center such as the IOI Mall Puchong, IOI Boulevard Puchong and Sheraton Puchong fall under the Subang constituency, currently contested by former Subang MP Wong Chen.
She asked C4 Center to check its facts and find out the real locations in her constituency before reissuing a new statement.
Yeo explained that certain areas in Puchong are not included in the Puchong constituency, citing that many other parliamentary seats in Malaysia have names that do not reflect the actual areas.
If they are only equating the name (Puchong) with my area, then maybe I am not in a position to answer these claims as they are inaccurate.Puchong candidate Yeo Bee Yin
She added that she will issue a statement if they still find that there was a conflict of interest after they checked the facts.
I’ll refrain from attacking a friend further and hope that the said NGO can retract its statement asap b4 further damage is done.— Yeo Bee Yin (@yeobeeyin) November 6, 2022
The Malaysia Correspondent for South China Morning Post, Hadi Azmi, also pointed out the errors stated by C4 Center.
Buildings such as IOI Mall Puchong, Puchong Financial Corporate Centre, IOI Boulevard Puchong, and Sheraton Puchong are under P.104 Subang.
Meanwhile, the Palm Garden Hotel and Palm Garden Golf Club fall under P.113 Sepang.
Yeah, but what people think is Puchong and what P.103 Puchong is are two different things:— Hadi Azmi (@amerhadiazmi) November 6, 2022
IOI Mall Puchong
Puchong Financial Corporate Centre
IOI Boulevard Puchong
Palm Garden Hotel
Palm Garden Golf Club https://t.co/RZgIWnWKQq
Kinrara state assemblyman Ng Sze Han also clarified that places such as Sierra 16 and IOI City Mall are under the Sepang parliament.
In regards to the C4 Consultancies media statement today, 6th November 2022 titled “GE15: Yeo Bee Yin’s @yeobeeyin nomination in Puchong a grave concern for conflict of interest of major proportions”, please be informed that most of the properties or locations mentioned in the pic.twitter.com/NltAfLim0c— Ng Sze Han 🇲🇾🚀 (@ngszehan) November 6, 2022
C4 Center made its statement after recently publishing its “Business in Politics” report which voiced concern over how future government policies would be shaped if GE15 candidates with business ties were elected.
The report can be downloaded from C4 Center’s website.
So which areas are under the Puchong constituency?
The Puchong parliamentary seat encompasses Seri Kembangan and Seri Serdang. However, Yeo said she was not certain if IOI Group had any land parcels in the area.
As an MP, she said she has no power to decide on land matters as these are under the purview of state governments and local councils.
She also has no executive power and these were limited to passing legislation in Parliament.
Parlimen puchong hanya cover seri serdang and seri kembangan. pic.twitter.com/2sBYW0a7UR— Fathullah (@muhdfathullah) November 6, 2022