“IF Deepak Jaikishan feels that someone had impersonated him using the name ‘Deepak’ to call me on March 13, at 9:51am, he should make a police report to clear his name”.
Such is the challenge poser by MCA president and Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong who pledged to cooperate with the police by providing them with whatever available evidence.
“Let the police investigate this matter with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and related telco to find the identity of this Deepak who used the mobile number 019-9999989,” the former Transport Minister penned on his Facebook page after staging a media conference at the Parliament lobby today.
“By using the TrueCaller app, one can find an individual with the name ‘Deepak J Tekwani’ linked to the number 019-9999 989. I will leave it to PDRM (Royal Malaysia Police) to investigate this matter fully. But no form of intimidation will deter me from voicing matters of national interest.”
Wee was referring to the media statement by controversial businessman and carpet trader Deepak Jaikishan yesterday (March 15) and his own statement in the Dewan Rakyat on the same day where he related receiving a phone call from an individual named Deepak who claimed to represent J&E Advanced Tech Sdn Bhd.
“In that phone call, this individual even claimed that he had discussed the matter with PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) so that I would make a media statement and settle the matter out-of-court,” he clarified.
Apparently, the 9.51am call by the individual calling himself Deepak lasted 33 seconds before the call was dropped due to weak signal. A second call then rang on Wee’s phone at 9.52am which lasted seven minutes.
Last night (March 15), Deepak who was a vocal critic of now-incarcerated ex-premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor denied that he was the person that Wee claimed to have name-dropped the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to get him to retract his statement accusing eggs imported from India to be ‘not fresh’, pricier and smaller in terms of size.
“I don’t even have his number, let alone calling him. I suggest for him (Wee) to clarify what number called him, if it’s not me,” justified Deepak.
“So, the question of name-dropping or whatever is part of his games. Now that he’s not a minister, he’s running around like a headless chicken, finding troubles with eggs,” quipped Deepak.
At the same instance, Deepak also refuted any relations to J&E Advanced Tech Sdn Bhd, the sole company that Putrajaya had allowed to import eggs from India during a local supply shortage.
For the record, both Wee and former International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali who have been hyper critical about the quality of eggs imported from India – which is only intended as a temporary measure to address local shortages – have been slapped by letter of demand from J&E to retract their statements. – March 16, 2023