June 20, 2023
Foon says deleted declaration led to MSD mess
Former Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon says he made a comprehensive disclosure about his financial interests to the Human Rights Commission – but the commission deleted large parts of it before posting on its website.
Mr Foon was sacked on Friday because his Tatapouri Motor Camp business was a provider of emergency housing to the Ministry for Social Development, which was deemed an undeclared conflict of interest in his involvement in the commission’s housing inquiry.
He says when he started as commissioner he made the same declaration of assets and interests as he had during his time as Gisborne mayor.
“I declared my properties at the council I declared my shareholdings in the various investments wer have like everybody else, but at the Human Rights Commission, I asked at the first meeting ‘What’s happened to my other interests?’ They said ‘it’s not necessary.’ And so they deleted 40 percent and they also deleted the most critical part for me right now which is the MSD emergency housing,” he says.
Mr Foon says he feels no whakamaa over the dismissal, and he has always acted without fear or favour whoever was in Government.