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Chinese developers paid a home visit to employee on the same day as ICAC summons
September 4, 2019
The managing director of a Chinese development company visited the home of a key witness on the day he was summonsed to give evidence in a corruption inquiry into NSW Labor.
The witness told the inquiry he held fears his bosses would “take revenge” on him if he failed to sign false donation disclosures.
During a day of intense interrogation, Yueran Zhan, a company secretary at development company Wu International Investments, said he and his boss, Alex Wood, visited former employee Steve Tong at his Pennant Hills home on November 19 last year.
Commissioner Peter Hall QC repeatedly accused Mr Zhan of lying in order to protect Mr Wood, who is also his cousin, during his evidence to the inquiry on Wednesday.
“You are trying to protect Alex Wood, aren’t you? And you are therefore giving untruthful evidence, aren’t you?” Commissioner Hall said.
Mr Zhan, who goes by the English name Kenny Zhan, said he drove Mr Wood to Mr Tong’s. But he said he was unaware of the purpose of the meeting.”
“I didn’t pay attention to what they were talking about because it was a private conversation with the boss. Basically I played with my phone or kept a suitable distance,” Mr Zhan said.
Pressed further, Mr Zhan suggested Mr Wood wanted to pass on his “festive greetings” for the mid-Autumn festival – a Chinese celebration – which had been held almost two months earlier.
“It might have come and gone but it was possibly a late festive greetings,” Mr Zhan said.
The inquiry last week heard Mr Tong, who has since retired from Wu International, was one of 12 alleged straw donors to a 2015 Chinese Friends of Labor dinner, where he had supposedly donated $5000 to NSW Country Labor.
The ICAC investigation centres on claims the NSW Labor Party used the straw donors to mask a $100,000 donation from Chinese billionaire Huang Xiangmo, a banned donor, in the lead up to the 2015 state election.
In his evidence to the ICAC, Mr Tong said he had never donated money to the Labor party, but feared his bosses would “hire some scoundrel to assault me” if he did not agree to saying that he had.
“I was worried that they would take their revenge on me,” he said.
The inquiry also heard on Wednesday that on another occasion Mr Zhan drove Mr Tong to a meeting with then Labor MP Ernest Wong at NSW Parliament House last year.
Although he was sitting in on the meeting, Mr Zhan claimed he was unable to recall what was discussed because “most of the time I was playing with phone and looking at the view outside.”
In evidence to the inquiry this week, Mr Wong confirmed he had met with Mr Tong at his parliamentary office, but denied telling him to “keep his mouth shut”.
Mr Wong, who gave evidence over three days, was also repeatedly accused of lying in the witness box, as he was grilled over his alleged role in using straw donors to hide Mr Huang’s connection to the money. Mr Wong denied these allegations.
Mr Wong told the inquiry that the money was raised on the night, and Mr Huang then volunteered to personally deliver it to Labor’s Sussex Street headquarters.
Lisa Visentin is a state political reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.