Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on
Monday, 22nd December 2008:
Tee Kiat has taken Malaysians for a ride in
his long-awaited “tell all” report to the nation on the RM4.6 billion
I would not have used the strong and harsh
language in response to the Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Ong Tee
Kiat’s long-awaited “tell all” report on the RM4.6 billion Port Klang
Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal, like the doyen of Port Klang bloggers, Capt.
Yusof Ahmad, former pilot superintendent of Klang Port Authority and
pioneer general manager of West Port, who delivered this censure in his
blog, Ancient Mariner:
“If this isnt treachery and deceit, then I dont know what is.”
Or another blogger, de minimis, who who exclaimed tongue-in-cheek:
“I also hear that most hardware shops in the Klang Valley ran out of
stock with white paint for the whitewash needed for the Minister's Press
There can be no doubt however that Ong had taken Malaysians for a ride
in his long-awaited “tell all” report to the nation on the RM4.6 billion
PKFZ scandal – as it told absolutely nothing from what he promised when
he was appointed Transport Minister after the March 8 “political
In one of his first statements on the PKFZ scandal on becoming Transport
Minister, Ong had promised:
“I wish to inform the rakyat about the true situation – whether it was
actually squandered, not squandered, and whether it has gone to, as well
as the breakdown of the budget.”
Ong has failed to deliver on this pledge.
He could not even answer the five questions about the RM4.6 billion PKFZ
scandal which I had posed to him immediately after his public pledge to
“tell all” about PKFZ, particularly about the history of impropriety in
land transactions, illegal issue of Letters of Support, Cabinet bailouts
and retrospective ratification of illegal decisions by the two previous
Transport Ministers, Tun Liong Liong Sik and Datuk Seri Chong Kong Choy
although he had all the answers without having to await the outcome of
the PricewaterhouseCooper audit report.
Ong had failed to “walk the talk” to “tell all” about the PKFZ scandal.
Instead he was swaggering in his white-wash of the PKFZ scandal.
He knew for instance that the two previous Transport Ministers had acted
unlawfully in issuing the four Letters of Support to Kuala Dimensi Sdn.
Bhd, the PKFZ turkey contractor, to raise RM4 billion bonds, which were
regarded as government guarantees by the market – which was why the
Cabinet had to subsequently give retrospective approval for the unlawful
and unauthorized four Letters of Support creating a RM4.6 billion
liability for the government in the bailout of PKFZ.
Can Ong deny that there was such retrospective Cabinet approval in the
middle of last year for the unlawful and unauthorized four Letters of
Support issued by the two previous Transport Ministers?
Ong does not need to await any PricewaterhouseCooper report to admit
this important fact as he should be fully aware of it.
Ong should be forewarned that his reputation for Ministerial
accountability, transparency and integrity risk being buried by the
RM4.6 billion PKFZ scandal, if he continues to be seen as being a party
to a cover-up to prevent a full disclosure of the PKFZ scandal.
Ong can still salvage his Ministerial reputation but time is running
out, quick and fast.
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor