KINABALU: Datuk Yong Teck Lee said he instructed his lawyers to issue a
Letter Before Action to Yee after the latter's Dec. 27, 1997 press
statement to the effect that he (Yong) was under ACA investigation.
said Yee proceeded with the ACA report although he (Yong) had issued a
statement that the State Government is accountable and the Government
would explain the matter in due course, which was published on that same
day (Dec 31).
said if Yee had confined his report only to the ACA and let the ACA
conduct its investigation then it is a different matter.
find it malicious and vicious that the defendant found it necessary to
circulate the report to the media for publication," he said.
the defendant must have read my statement that was already published on
the day he lodged his ACA report," he said.
the report circulated to the media is like calling me a criminal," he
said, adding this distressed him a lot because its wide publication made a
lot of people "believe that I'm therefore a criminal under
further said the ACA never took a statement nor interviewed him over the
also argued that Yee's contention in the ACA report as reported in the
newspapers on Dec. 31, 1997 that "it was widely held that the shares
would plunge" is highly speculative.
also said he had no knowledge whether Yee ever contacted the management of
Warisan regarding the transaction.
examination-in-chief resumed in the afternoon, Yong said the "part
which hurt the most" was when Yee said that Yong must apologise to
the people of Sabah for the multi-million loss in the deal.
defendant (Yee) was trying to incite hatred against me by saying that I
should apologise to all the people," he said, adding that the news
that appeared on Jan.1, 1998, totally ruined his New Year's Day.
was very painful to be greeted with such news on New Year's Day. It is a
day that we have many open houses to visit, it was also the day that I was
a guest-of-honour and witness to the swearing-in of th Chinese Chamber of
was gravely embarrassed, (the press statement on the ACA report by Yee)
was calculated to cost maximum damage to my reputation and maximum
embarrassment to me...I felt this was malice," he said.
said the Chief Executive Officer of Warisan Harta had also issued a
statement to clarify the issue.
asked what he meant when he said that "all is well and none is
lost" in his press statement, Yong said:
basis is my understanding of the whole composite transaction is that the
company would benefit from it and further the company is sufficiently
said he as no problem when the question was asked as a Member of
Parliament but "in this instance, the Defendant (Yee) has gone far
over the hull, if I may explain, MP can ask question which are intended in
good faith to obtain answers.
MPs can do in Parliament or through official correspondence, in this case
here today, so many allegations made, with all kinds of
insinuations," he said.
whether he received any support from the Barisan Nasional leaders on the
matter and on the transaction after the statement made by him and the CEO
of Warisan Harta, Yong said "Generally yes".
4:35pm, Justice Sulong adjourned tht proceedings to 10am on Tuesday (March