Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Friday, 6th November 2009:
MACC should be censured for failing to bring to court those guilty of abuses of power and corruption in the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal although the first report was lodged as far back as 2004
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should be censured for failing to bring to court even a single person of those guilty of abuses of power and corruption in the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal though the first corruption report was lodged as far back as 2004.
How can MACC convince Malaysians that it is now a Malaysian version of Hong Kong’s ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) when all it has demonstrated is its overzealousness and even abuses of power in investigating a RM2,400 Pakatan Rakyat state assembly constituency allocation resulting in the mysterious death of Teoh Beng Hock, while it has completely nothing to show and totally impotent in the RM12.5 billion PKFZ “mother of all scandals’?
An exchange between Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member and DAP Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua and the MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan at the PAC meeting on 23rd June 2009 highlighted the hypocrisy of the MACC.
This happened when Ahmad Said hid behind the secrecy provisions of the MACC Act to refuse to disclose any details about the outcome of MACC investigations into the PKFZ scandal.
This led to an outburst by Pua protesting at Ahmad Said’s refusal to give any information to the PAC about MACC investigations into the PKFZ scandal, pointing out that Ahmad Said had no such qualms when he had said publicly that MACC had “good and strong evidence” of corruption against the Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid over the “car and cow” controversy.
As Pua rightly told Ahmad Said at the PAC exchange, what the MACC Chief Commissioner did amounted to “contempt” of Parliament.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor