Malaysian Insight has reported this excerpt from Robert Kuok's memoirs:
"I think it is fair to say that Malaysia regards me as the Malaysian with the best contacts in China. Because of my connections on both sides, I was called upon several times to act as a conduit between the two governments," he wrote in his memoir, a copy of which was obtained by The Malaysian Insight.
Kuok said former Special Branch director Abdul Rahim Noor contacted him for help.
Kuok said his Chinese contact was Zhong Pak, or Uncle Zhong, who he later learnt was a member of China's National Security Ministry.
"The Special Branch contacted me often to say, 'Can you pass this message to China?'," Kuok wrote.
Requests included asking the Chinese government to "silence" the MCP radio, which was making broadcasts hostile to the Malaysian government.
"I passed the word and the radio was silenced. The Special Branch sent a message of thanks for my intervention through my man in Kuala Lumpur, Lim Chee Wah," Kuok wrote.
Chee Wah is one of the heirs of the Genting entertainment group.
We have therefore a case where the heir to one of the largest fortunes in Asia acting as a runner for someone of his father's generation, with interests in the very things that his own family fortune is built on, except gaming. Such an alliance, together with the close links to the Chinese government that Kuok boasts of, makes it only natural for Kuok to bring these different strands in his network together.
In Lim Chee Wah's own words ,the death of his mother in August this year heralds a "a new era" in Genting empire. While he acknowledges elder brother Lim Kok Thay's leadership, the empire is already the subject of legal challenge from the children of the late Lim Tee Keong, founder Lim Goh Thong's eldest son.
It is only natural for Kuok to strengthen Chee Wah's hand ,with the assets of the Kuok empire, and the backing of the Chinese Government.As Kuok has explained in his memoirs, he can bring into play not simply Chinese investment, but more importantly the force of its intelligence and security agencies. Chee Wah's Genting Secret Garden Resort ,an important venue for the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 is probably the start of the Genting empire's "new era", as a division of the Kuok Group and the Chinese Government based in China. The original Malaysian operation led by KokThay will probably left to decay.Of course, it could also lose its license at any time.