PETALING JAYA: Yong Chee Kong, the man claiming to have offered two million doses of Sinovac vaccine to Penang, has been tracked down and told to show proof of his donation, says Khairy Jamaluddin (pic).
“My officer got in touch with a person claiming to be Yong Chee Kong. She asked him if he had proof of the donation so we can facilitate it (eg order with Sinovac).
“He said no. He said he has money in an account in Hong Kong, ” Khairy said in a tweet yesterday.
The Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister tweeted: “Serious allegation against my office here.”
Besides showing proof of the vaccine donation, Khairy said his officer also informed Yong that he could officially donate vaccines to the government before they were channelled to Penang.
“Not for him to pay any company. Which he refused, ” Khairy added.
The minister reiterated his stand on Wednesday that he would be happy to facilitate the donation if the man proved he could procure the vaccines or make an official contribution to the government.
The man claiming to be Yong is said to be living in Sabah and was contacted by the media yesterday.
On Wednesday, Khairy said the offer by a “private company” to sponsor two million doses of Sinovac vaccine to the Penang government was bogus.
Khairy explained that states were allowed to buy their own vaccines, as long as the vaccines were approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency.