More on Liu

May 19th, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Andrea Vance profiles Bill Liu:

He was a high-rolling gambler with a mysterious fortune who lavished cash on political parties and boasted of his connections to MPs – the curious case of Chinese millionaire Yong Ming Yan, also known as , surfaced in the weeks leading up to the 2008 election, embarrassing senior Labour figures.

It has now returned to haunt Labour MPs in Opposition, as they face awkward questions about just how a wealthy donor, wanted for fraud in China, was granted citizenship – overruling the advice of high-ranking officials.

And was given it the day after approval in a special private ceremony in the Labour Caucus Room.

Yan donated $5000 to both National and Labour during the 2005 election campaign. A host of politicians, including Mrs Wong, held fundraisers at his Manukau restaurant, which he is believed to have sold in 2008.

The fundraisers do not count as a donatiion

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5 Responses to “More on Liu”

  1. Yvette (2,766 comments) says:

    As Fletch indicated yesterday, further information –
    http://www.investigatemagazine.com/tgif24Oct08.pdf and
    http://www.investigatemagazine.com/tgif21nov08.pdf

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  2. Keeping Stock (10,267 comments) says:

    Quite so Yvette; this has to rate as Wishart’s biggest hit. It’s a shame that the MSM refused to report on it simply BECAUSE Wishart had beaten them at their own game.

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  3. PaulL (5,947 comments) says:

    Depends on whether the fundraisers included paying for the restaurant, or whether the restaurant space / food was given at a discount. Presumably it was just a really great restaurant, that’s why so many pollies had fund raisers there, not because he gave them knock down rates.

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  4. jaba (2,120 comments) says:

    Dover said on radio yesterday that the ceremony was NOT held in the Labour Cacus room but a Maori Affairs (or something) room. I wonder if there is a Maori element (another donation) to all this .. will have to wait and see I guess.

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  5. Paulus (2,602 comments) says:

    Pity the so called media do not follow this.
    Pathetic sods

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