KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27, 2019, Free Malaysia Today. Transport Minister Anthony Loke has been accused of allowing his wife to attend an official meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing last month, reported the Free Malaysia Today.
In a statement today, MCA international communication and diplomacy bureau head Tee Ching Seng said Loke’s wife could be seen in a photograph during an official meeting with Li Xiaopeng.
The photograph was posted on Loke’s Facebook page on Jan 26.
In October last year, the government had announced that ministers’ spouses were no longer allowed to join them on official trips that are less than seven days.
“What official position does the minister’s wife hold (which warranted her) attending the official meeting between governments?” Tee asked, referring to Loke’s six-day working trip to Beijing.
Malaysiakini has contacted one of Loke’s officers who said that an official response would be issued soon.
Tee’s allegation stemmed from a Facebook post made by Loke after meeting Li in mid-January.
During the meeting with Li, Loke said he had invited Chinese businesses to participate in Malaysia’s port expansion projects, particularly in Port Klang.
He also invited Chinese rail industry manufacturers to use Malaysia as its Asean hub because the country had the requisite talent pool and supply chain.
On aviation, Loke said he encouraged airlines from both countries to increase flights and connect Malaysia to second and third tier Chinese cities.
He also lobbied China to support Malaysia’s bid for a seat on both the International Maritime Organisation and the International Civil Aviation Council.