|Rejoinder: "Hoax Investor Dragged To Court"|
Reading an article such as this with cheap journalistic traits makes one hurl! It would be more respectable if these so-called journalists would conduct proper investigations into matters before putting out these lies into the public domain.
The speed with which we publish lies, deceits and half-truths is sickening, not forgetting the pitiful language and sentence construction used in this article. Deplorable!
But let us move on to the mission of this rejoinder.
"'Dr.' Lorinda Liang Lan, has been dragged to court for allegedly employing dubious tactics to snatch a magnificent property at East Legon, without paying a dime to the owner."
First all, this matter is in the court and will proceed according to the laws of the country. As all cases in court, commenting on this matter would be in contempt of the court and as such the Sun must tread very cautiously on these lines.
Besides, which Landlord/Property owner would allow an individual to reside on the property for over a year without any prior agreement on paper.
"The paper gathered that in November 2009, a Vienna-based Ghanaian by name Eric Appiateng, was approached by 'Dr.' Lorinda Liang Lan to rent his house on number 8888, plot 102 East Legon in Accra, to be used as officers for her MODERN GOLD REFINERY company."
First of all, it was not Dr. Lorinda who "approached" Eric Appiateng, it was rather Eric Appiateng who offered his uncompleted building, one that he was unable to finish to Dr Liang to complete. After spending over $200,000 since August 2009 to date (not forgetting the time and labour spent to complete this) to complete the inhabitable property and furnish it into an enviable state, the property managers and owners as a result of their greed are asking for it. In addition, the property has in no way or form been used "as collateral" or "to raise various loans"
"As at the time of going to press we learnt that Lan last week called a meeting with her skeletal staff and dolled 100 Ghana Cedis to each of the workers, telling them that she was closing down the company."
First of all, this is not true. There was no staff meeting called where she "dolled" (note the misuse of the word "dolled" here) out any money to her staff. Dr. Liang did no such thing. Why anyone spend thousands of dollars to fly into Ghana only to give out ¢100 to her staff who hardly turn up for work beats me. If the so-called insider would be honest with himself, the company closed down because of the inefficiency of the staff, and still, she let each staff go with a lot more than they deserved.
Such is the case of Mac Peter Ohene-Asare, the accountant of the company who was absent for work 18 days out of a 22 working days in March. He was still sent home with a complete office set along with a desktop computer. This failed accountant spent the entire cash imprest of close to ¢2000 given to him by Dr. Liang on himself with the excuse that he was running up and down SSNIT and IRS, both of which locations are within 15 minutes of the office premises. It turns out that Peter had made no such trips as claimed and had neglected his duty as an accountant of the company in ensuring that all taxes were paid by the company. The truth of this came out when an official from SSNIT, on her official rounds, came into the office on April 28th and mentioned that they had not seen Mr Ohene Asare since December 2010. He however did not forget to pick up his salary up until April 30th 2011 and subsequently sent a complaint to the National Labour Commission to request for compensation.
This article if filled with fact-less, empty and baseless accusation with the sole purpose of ruining not just the reputation of an honest and value-centred businesswoman, but also destroying the opportunities her investment in the country would offer citizens of Ghana.
It is even more shameful how we are so quick to politicize matters such as this and bring in unnecessary and unneeded attacks on such an individual.
It would be wise for publishers of this article to retract this publication immediately to avoid any further complications.