Former Damansara Utama assemblyman Datuk Lim Choon Kin admitted that he was a member of the MCA "snoop squad".
He made the bombshell admission when he testified before a party panel set up to investigate allegations that such a squad was formed to spy on rivals of MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
The allegation was initially made by Petaling Jaya Utara division executive adviser Wong Leong.
- MCA Youth chief and Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai,
- Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Wee Jeck Seng and
- former Gerakan Belia Bersatu leader Tee Ann Chuan as members of the squad.
(The snoop squad) had been ordered to compile information on former health ministers Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and Datuk Chua Jui Meng, MCA vice-president Datuk Donald Lim and former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik and his son, Ling Hee Liong.
Choon Kim also claimed that in their meetings, Tee told him that the squad operated from the 16th floor of the Youth and Sports Ministry building in Putrajaya.
On how he helped the snoop squad, Choon Kim said his role was to set up meetings and introduce different MCA members to Tee, purportedly so that they could be screened by the latter.
The meetings supposedly took place at the A&W restaurant and Overseas Restaurant near Amcorp Mall in Petaling Jaya.
Also appearing before the committee yesterday was Dr Chua.
Alleged to be the squad's first victim, Dr Chua's political career came to an abrupt end early this year when a DVD was made public showing him having sex with a woman in a hotel room in Johor.
"My grassroots supporters have told me about such a squad since 2006. They said that Tee had approached and warned them against associating with me because I was a leader not liked by the top party leadership."
When the scandal broke, Dr Chua was told again by his supporters that it was Tee and Liow's doing, but he refused to point fingers at the supposed "snoop squad" due to a lack of proof.
However last week, Dr Chua said a package was sent to him by mail, containing a five-page document detailing the various meetings Tee had with different MCA leaders.
"Part of the document described the brokering process of MCA's election candidates. It was stated that if certain people wanted to be picked as candidates, they must stop supporting me," Dr Chua said.
The committee set the next hearing for May 27.
At a press conference after the hearing, Wong claimed that the third person reported only to Ong and had been ordered to compile information on former health ministers Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and Datuk Chua Jui Meng, MCA vice-president Datuk Donald Lim, former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik and his son Ling Hee Liong.
They were all, at one point, said to pose a threat to Ong's leadership in the party.
"Wong himself saw a file on Lim, which was several inches thick, full of photographs of who he went for dinner with," said Datuk Theng Book, who is a "Saving MCA" campaigner and Wong's legal representative .
News of the snoop squad surfaced last month when Wong addressed a dinner gathering in Perak.
Ong denied the accusations.