A popular Hong Kong website which has come under fire for its negative coverage of the ongoing protests in the island-city has been linked to a man who has been on the run from Malaysian authorities over his role in the 1MDB scandal.
The South China Morning Post reported that Toh Lean Seng, who is wanted for questioning by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption (MACC), is the founder of Asia United Media (AUM), the company linked to Dim Sum Daily.
Toh is believed to have left Malaysia and is wanted alongside fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil and Mohamad Redzuan Adamshah, over the investigations into 1MDB.
AUM is one of many firms established by Toh in Hong Kong, alongside Legion Tech, Legion Media, and DDT Holdings.
Dim Sum Daily’s reports on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement angered social media users recently, after it published an anonymous article accusing an expat blogger who attended a protest of being a CIA agent.
Source : FMT
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is tracing two men to assist their investigation into SRC International Sdn Bhd.
In a statement today, the anti-graft agency said the duo were believed to have fled overseas.
“The first man is Mohamed Redzuan Adamshah, 43, with identity card number 750204-07-5323, who last resided in No 1E, Cresent Court Apartment, Tingkat 1, Lengkok Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 50470, Kuala Lumpur.
“Second man is Toh Lean Seng, 45, with identity card number 730904-07-5131, whose last registered address is 15-1, 231 TR Service Apartment 231, Jalan Tun Razak, 50490, Kuala Lumpur,” the statement said.
Those who know them or with information are urged to contact Investigating officer Assistant Commissioner Rosli Husain at 03-88700529 or 010-3187757 or email to [email protected]
Source : NST
Until recently, AUM and Dim Sum Daily both listed a Tsim Sha Tsui business address on their respective websites, while AUM claimed Dim Sum Daily among the brands under its umbrella on its now-defunct company website.
The links between the companies were first highlighted last week by a reporter with the Hong Kong-based digital news outlet HK01.
Last week, Dim Sum Daily published an anonymously-written article which singled out an expat blogger, Hong Kong Hermit, for attending a recent “illegal” anti-extradition protest while repeating unsubstantiated claims that he is employed by the CIA.
“He may not be [a] CIA operative but his tweets definitely give weight to one-sided perspective on the ongoing violent protests in Hong Kong shared in the international community,” the article said.
When contacted through the Dim Sum Daily website, an unidentified spokesperson said AUM was not the owner of the news site and Toh and Pit had “no bearing on Dim Sum Daily as they are not associated with the brand”.
“We merely had an understanding with them that they would procure advertisers for us and we had no knowledge of their modus operandi,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said that while Dim Sum Daily did not consider itself a “proper” media outlet, it had no political agenda and its references to the CIA were made in jest.
A former business partner of Toh in Malaysia said while he was not certain of Dim Sum Daily’s ownership structure, he had been contracted to build the news outlet’s website by another individual shortly after Toh had approached him about establishing a marketing firm.
“My assumption is Toh recommended me … to build the website,” said the former business partner, who requested anonymity.
Source : SCMP