By EDDIE OSIFELO
POLICE are currently investigating the so-called Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officer, Max, from Tikopia who approached Orion Limited Chan Chee Min with the idea to reconcile with Solomon Forest Association.
Commissioner Mostyn Mangau told journalists yesterday that police are conducting inquiry into the matter.
However, Mangau did not give further details of the inquiry.
Chan Chee Min claimed he received a call on Tuesday, February 2 at 16.09pm from a person introducing himself as Max, a CID officer from Rove Police Headquarters.
“CID Max insisted meeting me to get details and information for his meeting in the next morning, Wednesday 3rd February on articles published in the Island Sun Newspaper,” he said.
“CID Max claims that it is important that he must meet me immediately,” Min added.
“When CID Max arrived at my office, I believe him as from Tikopia because of his Polynesian by his light skin texture.
“CID Max asks me if I know Dickson Mua which I said the name sounds familiar, which the CID confirmed that he is the current Minister of Forest,” he said.
“CID Max went on and said the Minister of Forest wants to help me to solve my trouble with SFA.
“I immediately tell CID Max that I do not wish to get myself and my business involved in politics and politicians,” Min said.
“CID Max then continued to talk about hatred of Johnny Sy and the government.
“CID Max asked me where do I live/stay?, where do I go to eat your lunch?, how many people are working in the office?, how many of them are foreigners and how many are locals?, who do I stay with?, do you have any security at home?” Chan said.
“I have the conversation recorded by video cameras. Copies are made and are held by several parties, both local and overseas, if anything were to happen to me, the video will be released,” he said.
Furthermore, Min said on Thursday 4th February between 09.48am and 10.28am, he received two calls from two SFA members saying that their superiors requested them to relay messages to him.
“They said SFA wants to reconcile with me and I must go and meet the Minister of Forest.
“I paused the two SFA member and replied that I will meet with SFA if they want to meet me,” Chan said.
“That I will not go and meet the Minister of Forest.
“If there is any reason that the Minister of Forest wants to meet me, I expect it to be done officially, serving me letter or notice,” he said.
“Immediately after that, at 10.52am and 10.54am, I received two calls from ‘unknown number’, at 10.55am.
“I received two calls from CID (Max), I declined to answer any of those calls,” he said.
However, SFA has denied any attempts to reconcile with Orion’s Chan Chee Min.
A spokesman for SFA said SFA has nothing to reconcile over and its decision to terminate Orion Ltd.’s membership is simply to bring order and normality to the logging industry.
SFA de-registered Orion Ltd in 2017 on alleged non-compliance with regulations of the logging industry’s self-regulatory body.