Advisor used alias for disparaging phone call
Frank Huang has defended his past after attacks over his former Chinese Communist Party membership. (SUBMITTED)
The chair of the BC Premier’s Chinese Community Advisory Council has admitted he called a local radio talk show under a false name to admonish an NDP candidate’s English skills.
Dr. Kenneth Fung told 24 hours Monday he called The World Today radio program on CKNW April 21 posing as a caller named Mike from Vancouver.
“I’ve got news for you. Did you know the NDP is running a candidate in Richmond Centre by the name of Frank Huang who can’t really communicate in English?” Fung said to host Sean Leslie during the segment. “Maybe you guys (can) give him a call and do an interview in English and see how good it is.”
On Monday morning Fung sent an email to media detailing Huang’s past as a member of the Communist Party of China, but didn’t reveal his council position in the email.
Fung later told 24 hours he’s a BC Liberal supporter, but not a party member, and has served on the CCAC since Mike Harcourt was premier in the early 1990s.
He said he made the call as a concerned citizen due to Huang’s being a former Communist Party member in China and used the false name out of fear of reprisal.
“I don’t like the fact the NDP did not know they recruited somebody that may be a security risk,” he said.
Huang told 24 hours he was a Communist Party member until he moved to Canada in 2001, because he worked for a provincial government in China and a party membership was an expectation for employees.
He said he started the job in 1986 and joined the party in 1991 in order to receive a promotion.
Huang then pointed the finger at the BC Liberals and Christy Clark as trying to discourage mainland Chinese from getting involved in politics.
“I just want to ask what does Christy Clark say about these attacks?” Huang said. “We want to make sure new Canadians can play a role in B.C. equality.”
Huang said he’s worried similar allegations will be made against other people who are from mainland China and become public figures.
The BC Conservative Party also took aim at Huang’s past Sunday with Lawrence Chen, candidate for Richmond Centre, sending media an email with clippings Huang wrote for Chinese state media.