Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Friday, 26th June 2009:
PKFZ scandal: Does Ong Tee Keat agree that the Speaker has put the cart before the horse in claiming that there is no point in tabling PwC report on PKFZ and appendices in Parliament without PAC report?
My three questions (No.82 to No. 84 on the 28th day in the current series) to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat on the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal today are:
Question No. 1: The Star today reported the Speaker, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin as saying that the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report on the PKFZ scandal will only be tabled in Parliament together with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on PKFZ.
Pandikar said that without the PAC report, the PwC report on PKFZ would have no relevance if tabled.
The Speaker is putting the cart before the horse in claiming that there is no point in tabling the Pwc report on PKFZ and appendices in Parliament without the PAC report.
Does Ong agree that without the benefit of the PAC report, there is no point in tabling the PwC report and appendices on the PKFZ scandal in Parliament?
It is unlikely that the PAC report on the PKFZ can be tabled in time for the current parliamentary meeting which ends on Thursday, 2nd July, 2009, and as there is no assurance that the PAC report would be tabled on the first day of the next parliamentary meeting on 19th October 2009, there is therefore a great likelihood that the PAC report and PwC report and appendices are only tabled in November or December 2009 if they not pushed into 2010 altogether!
Does Ong agree that the PwC report and appendices should remain in the vaults of Parliament for next few months to collect dust?
My first question is why is Ong is so afraid of making the PwC report and in particular the appendices freely available to MPs and the public? What is Ong trying to hide?
Question 2: The time has come for Ong to give a full account of the secret meeting of Barisan Nasional MPs at an undisclosed venue on the 5th May 2009 to get a special briefing on the PwC report on the PKFZ scandal.
Whose idea was it to organize such a special and secret briefing for BN MPs even before the PwC report was made public, who were the MPs who attended, whether from Umno, MCA, MIC, Gerakan or the Sabah and Sarawak Barisan Nasional component parties, who gave the briefing, who paid for the briefing, and were the BN MPs assigned to defend the PKFZ issue in Parliament?
Question No. 3 – In Parliament on Wednesday, 24th June 2009, I had asked the Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr. Awang Adek Hussain to give a full account to Parliament on all the Cabinet meetings and decisions on the PKFZ, and in particular to confirm or deny the following Cabinet meetings and decisions:
Can Ong confirm or deny these Cabinet meetings and decisions on PKFZ? If the former, can Ong explain why the Cabinet had “flip-flopped”, chopped and changed week-by-week on its decisions on the PKFZ question, landing the country with a RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal?
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor