Rebuttal to Unjustified Accusations Made by Michael Chong in His Series of Press Conferences Against Madam Ching Pik Wai (Based On Malay Mail News Reports)
Michael Chong’s Accusation Against Madam Ching Pik Wai on April 8, 2006
i) Michael Chong said Madam Ching told him was forced to pirouette in the nude for two policewomen and had her money stolen while in remand for shoplifting.
ii) Michael Chong said Madam Ching never mentioned about the story of ear-pulling at police lock-up to him when she first met him, so he was sceptical of the woman’s claim.
Madam Ching’s Response during the press conference on April 9, 2006 (Sunday),
a) She has never spoken to Michael Chong personally as she cannot converse in English and Malay. It was her husband Walter Lim who spoke to Michael Chong briefly. She just explained what happened at SOGO
to Michael Chong’s assistant Novena Ting in Mandarin.
b) Walter Lim said he has spoken to Michael Chong briefly by asking him whether the MCA lawyer can help them to resolve their misunderstanding with SOGO supermarket.
c) Walter Lim and Mdm Ching never mentioned to Michael Chong about the maltreatment faced by Mdm Ching at police lock-up because the main worry at that time was the problem in SOGO, and not the humiliation at the police lock-up.
d) Madam Ching never said she was asked by the police to do “ear-pulling”. She just said in her police report that she was threatened by Sergeant Samsiah at the police lock-up that she will be asked to do “ear-squats” if she refused to give her ATM card and PIN number. She was asked to pose by the photographers to pull her ears during the press conference dated 1st April 06 and this photo published in Guang Ming Daily. Michael Chong used this photo to accused Mdm Ching wrongly.
Michael Chong’s Accusation Against Madam Ching Pik Wai In His 2nd Press Conference on April 11, 2006
i) Michael Chong showed the CCTV recordings to the media to prove Madam Ching and her husband have met with him and spoken to him.
ii) Michael Chong has listened to Madam Ching’s claim ¨C that she was asked to pirouette in the nude for two policewomen and had her money stolen.
iii) Michael Chong has spent 8 minutes with them.
iv) Michael Chong quoted an interview in Nanyang Siang Pao dated April 4 that Madam Ching has written a letter saying that she was guilty and asked for forgiveness from the police.
Madam Ching Pik Wai’s Response On April 12, 2006
a) Madam Ching has never denied she and her husband have met with Michael Chong on March 16, she has not spoken to him personally but she told the story in SOGO to Michael Chong’s assistant. Michael Chong then came for a while and her husband spoken to him in both Mandarin and English. Her husband had requested legal assistance from Michael Chong on her problem with SOGO.
b) She has never told the humiliation experience at the police lock-up to Michael Chong.
c) She has never written any letter to the police to ask for forgiveness from the police. On 28th March, she was asked by Sergeant Tohmeng to sign on a form at SOGO to settle the misunderstanding.
(Correction: CPO of Kuala Lumpur Mustafa in his interview in Nanyang Siang Pao dated April 4 said Madam Ching has written letter to SOGO to ask the company to release her, so that she can turn a new leave. Madam Ching claimed that she has never written such letter to SOGO, but she was only asked by Sergeant Tohmeng to fill up a form at SOGO on 28th March 2006)