Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Friday, 11th December 2009:
How many Malaysians will agree with Attorney-General that Phang, Stephen and Tan are “big fishes” in the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal?
Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail yesterday said that former Port Klang Authority (PKA) general manager Datin Paduka O.C.Phang, Kuala Dimensi Sdn. Bhd. Chief operating officer Stephen Abok and architect Bernard Tan Seng Swee of BTA Architect charged with multiple counts of criminal breach of trust and cheating are “big fishes” in the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.
How many Malaysians will agree with Gani that these three are the “big fishes” in the PKFZ scandal?
Guilty or otherwise, there can be no doubt that the trio are mere “cogs in the wheel” of the “mother of all scandals” and the authorities concerned have still to bring the “big fishes” to justice.
Gani said that investigations into the PKFZ scandal are ongoing and more people would be brought to book.
What Malaysians want to see are not just the prosecution of the “cogs in the wheel” but the masterminds of the PKFZ “mother of all scandals”.
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PcW) investigations and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) inquiries have laid building blocks for the full whole sordid tale of the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal to be told to Malaysians, right from the beginning of the PKFZ land acquisition in the nineties, and for all those involved in the intricate and complex conspiracy to be revealed.
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak should “walk the talk” of his commitment to combat corruption and abuses of power by establishing a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate and reveal all about the PKFZ “mother of all scandals” or he would have failed his first KPI test of placing “fighting corruption” as one of six priority sectors.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor