Monday, 6 July 2009

New Zealand MPs have Chinese friends too

Australia is not the only country where Labor MPs have a tendency to have close ties to Chinese business people. It was reported at the weekend that police have charged a multi-millionaire businessman, who was granted New Zealand citizenship in controversial circumstances, with making false declarations on immigration papers and using fake identities to obtain a passport. The New Zealand Herald said Yong Ming Yan - also known as Bill Liu, Yang Liu and William Yan - was supported in his citizenship bid last year by Labour MPs Dover Samuels and Chris Carter, and National MP Pansy Wong. Departmental officials had opposed the citizenship application, with one of the grounds being that the applicant had two names, two birth dates and two passports, but their advice was over ruled with ministerial discretion.
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