Yen Yen confirms Aussie PR
KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 — Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen confirmed today she had applied to be an Australian permanent resident (PR), saying she was “proud” her son had been educated there even as Malaysia struggles to be a regional education hub.
The MCA vice-president told reporters today she had applied for Australian residency in the 1990s but gave it up in 1995 after her son had completed his studies there.
“I went to Australia for my son’s education. I am very proud of it (as) my son is a very successful lawyer. I have no regrets,” she was quoted as saying by news portal Malaysiakini.
Ng had come under fire after several websites questioned her loyalty to King and country as she had applied for the Australian PR while being a senator.
Political rival Lim Guan Eng had indirectly alluded to her status yesterday during his public debate with MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, saying not every Malaysian is able to get PR in Australia.
Ng told reporters today she was offering the explanation to “prevent being misunderstood”.
“This is typical of Guan Eng. He ran out of issues and instead dug up something that happened 20 years ago,” she was quoted saying, in reply to the DAP secretary-general.