Nga Kor Ming
From Malaysia Factbook
|In 2008, Nga Kor Ming was embroiled in a controversy in which he was alleged to have given a lounge suit sewing contract to Ethan & Elton, an Ipoh company belonging to his wife, Wong Seow Ching.|
In 2007, Nga Kor Ming was named one of Ten Outstanding Young Malaysians by the International Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Youth and Sports in the category of 'Politics and Government', a notable achievement, given that the award rarely goes to opposition politicians.
A practising lawyer in Ayer Tawar and also in Ipoh, Nga Kor Ming was elected state assemblyman for Pantai Remis, Perak in the 1999 general elections. In 2008, he was elected Member of Parliament for Taiping, also in Perak, after defeating Datuk M. Kayveas, President of the People's Progressive Party (PPP), with a majority of 11,298 votes in the general elections. With the formation of the Perak government by the Pakatan Rakyat coalition of DAP, PKR, and PAS, Nga was appointed State EXCo member, with the portfolios of Education, Local Government, Housing and Public Transport.
3. Sewing contract controversy: In 2008, Nga was embroiled in a controversy in which he was alleged to have given a lounge suit sewing contract to Ethan & Elton, an Ipoh company belonging to his wife, Wong Seow Ching. Ethan & Elton, of which Wong is one of the company director, was registered 42 days after Pakatan Rakyat took over the Perak state government. Ethan & Elton had won the contract, even though its bidding price of RM650 was the highest, compared to four other companies. The lounge suits were meant for local government councilors.
When contacted, Nga brushed aside the allegations on the grounds that Ethan & Elton had obtained the contract through an open tender exercise conducted by the Ipoh City Council. He challenged the bloggers to lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
In February 2012, the DAP disciplinary committee, chaired by Tan Kok Wai, cleared Nga of any wrongdoing over allegations that he abused his power to award a contract to his wife's tailoring firm. According to Tan, the former Mentri Besar, Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, as well as 6 other former Perak executive councilors had confirmed that the tender was approved without influence by anyone". As complaints had been filed with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Tan admitted that the disciplinary committee was not a statutory body to extend their investigations to the local council and could only deal with the matter internally within the party.