When will Kong Choy emulate
Soi Lek’s example of upholding Islam Hadhari and a “healthy political
culture” in MCA in bearing full accountability and responsibility for the
RM4.6 billion PKFZ scandal – the largest financial scandal in the four-year
by Lim Kit Siang
When Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi
Lek left the Health Ministry yesterday morning for the weekly Cabinet
meeting, he was confident and upbeat that he had the sex video scandal
behind him, as he had the day before made the courageous admission that
“I’m the man in the sex video”.
He must be optimistic that he could now move forward politically, as he
had met and apologized to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad
Badawi, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the MCA President
Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting and his wife and children had forgiven him. This
was why he announced in Labis that he had no intention of quitting his
government and party posts.
Although Chua subsequently told the media that he changed his mind about
quitting his government and party posts after 24 hours because he was
wrong in believing that his confession and apology would be accepted by
Malaysians, and the “holier than thou” attitude of some Malaysians, I have
no doubt that he was made to understand this “political reality” by the
other Cabinet Ministers.
Although Abdullah said that the Cabinet yesterday did not discuss the “DVD
controversy” as it was a personal matter, I do not believe that many
Malaysians would buy this statement. I would not be surprised if the other
Ministers had used the Cabinet meeting to convey to Chua the “political
reality” on the ground, forcing him to reach the conclusion that he had no
choice but to relinquish all government and party posts – ending with the
Cabinet making a formal decision that the Ministers had never discussed
the issue for the public record.
If so, then Chua’s reference of the “holier than thou” or “ulama” attitude
of some Malaysians would also be an oblique criticism of his erstwhile
Chua subsequently told a media conference that he was quitting all
government and party positions so that he will cease to be a burden to
government and party, especially in the context of Islam Hadhari and the
“healthy political culture” proposed by the MCA President.
Chua’s resignation has put the MCA Deputy President and Transport
Minister, Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy in a spot, for the question uppermost
in many minds is when Chan will emulate Chua’s example to uphold Islam
Hadhari and a “healthy political culture” in MCA by bearing full
accountability and responsibility for the RM4.6 billion Port Klang Free
Zone (PKFZ) scandal – the largest financial scandal in the four-year
The RM4.6 billion PKFZ scandal is the first biggest financial scandal of
the Abdullah premiership, which is even bigger than the first biggest
financial scandal of the Mahathir premiership – the RM2.5 billion
Bumiputra Malaysia Finance (BMF) scandal in the early eighties.
At least Mahathir had set up the Ahmad Nordin Committee of Inquiry into
the BMF scandal while the first mega-financial scandal under a MCA
Minister in the nation’s 50-year history is being buried under a maze of
denials and cover-up!
Chan had not denied that he had unlawfully issued three of the four
Letters of Support to the PKFZ turnkey contractor to raise RM4 billion
bonds, which were regarded as government guarantees by the market.
The Transport Minister had no such powers to issue financial guarantees
committing the government, as it could only be issued by the Finance
Minister and only after Cabinet approval.
It was because of these four unlawful “Letters of Support” by the
Transport Minister, giving illegal but implicit government guarantee to
the market, which the Cabinet had to give them retrospective approval,
forcing the government into a RM4.6 billion bailout of PKFZ.
Will Chua’s example of bearing Ministerial responsibility open the eyes of
Chan of what he must do to be a responsible Minister in keeping with Islam
Hadhari and the so-called new MCA “healthy political culture” by ending
his denial and stone-walling to accept full accountability for the RM4.6
billion PKFZ scandal?
Let me put it bluntly to Chan – he should either get the Cabinet to set up
a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the RM4.6 billion PKFZ bailout scandal
to clear himself of any abuse of power and/or breach of trust or he should
follow the example set by Chua and resign from all government and party
posts – including as Transport Minister.
Chua has left the Malaysian political scene with several cryptic but
caustic comments of the political establishment – whether the government
For instance, he pointedly declined to rebut the thesis that he had been
the victim of political assassination.
He said he had received no fewer than 200 SMSes condemning certain party
leaders for the “sting operation” to eliminate him from the political
scene but he would not go into it.
There can be no doubt that among the MCA leaders responsible for the
sudden demise of Chua’s meteoric political career include person or
persons sitting in the MCA Presidential Council which yesterday
“regrettably accepted and respected” Chua’s resignation from all
government and party posts.
The MCA Presidential council also strongly condemned those responsible for
filming and distributing Chua’s sex DVDs as it was “a blatant intrusion of
privacy of a citizen”.
Ong Ka Ting said: “We urge the police to take firm action against the
perpetrators and to ensure that those liable are punished”.
What baloney and hypocrisy, when it is quite clear that the “black hand’
or the “mastermind” of the very organized, orchestrated and systematic
campaign to destroy Chua’s political career must be sitting on the MCA
Is every member of the MCA Presidential Council prepared to take a public
vow that he or she had nothing to do whatsoever with the plot for the
political assassination of Chua and had no prior knowledge of it before
the four-day political maelstrom which buried Chua’s meteoric political
career on the national scene?
I was in Batu Pahat yesterday for the funeral of my sister, Kit Hwa, and
the identity of the hotel in Batu Pahat where Chua ended his political
career is a common knowledge. In fact, I had stayed in that hotel at least
once. Will the mastermind, and not just the operatives, who set up the
elaborate operation to “assassinate” Chua’s political career face the full
legal and political consequences of their actions or will this end up as
another “heinous crime without criminals”?
Chua did not spare the MCA President and Deputy President with his parting
shots when he said that a healthy political culture should also embrace
zero corruption and no moral judgment.
Chua said: “Healthy political culture should not be just confined to only
terms of the office. Terms of office are the easiest to fulfill.”
Clearly, an MCA Minister presiding over the RM4.6 billion PKFZ scandal
cannot pass muster Chua’s definition of a healthy political culture? Over
to you, Chan!
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman