Saturday, March 3, 2012

Claims that secret 'snoop squad' spied on politicians shake Malaysia's Chinese party

Malaysia's main ethnic Chinese political party has been jolted by claims that its leader set up a "snoop squad" to pry into the private affairs of his rivals within the party, including a former health minister who was caught in a video sex scandal.

The Malaysian Chinese Association party is the No. 2 group in Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's National Front governing coalition and represents the ethnic Chinese, who comprise a quarter of this predominantly ethnic Malay Muslim nation's 27 million people.

The party recently formed a panel to investigate allegations that its leader, Ong Ka Ting, employed spies to gather damaging personal …

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