Media Conference Statement by Lim Kit Siang on lodging of police report on death threat to Ong Tee Keat and “dark forces” suborning government and Cabinet decision-making process at PJ police headquarters on Monday, 27th July 2009 at 12 noon:
I have lodged police report as Ong’s recent revelations revealed multiple serious crimes had been committed to protect Ong’s life because of death threat and the integrity of government and Cabinet decision-making from being coerced and suborned by underground forces outside the law
I have lodged a police report to protect MCA President and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat’s life as well as to ensure that “dark forces” of politico-business underground combined with certain Barisan Nasional elements do not extend their tentacles to suborn government decision-making all the way to the Cabinet.
In the past week, Ong had alleged in interviews and speeches that “dark forces” of politico-business forces underground and in the Barisan Nasional have threatened his personal safety and tried to compromise the government decision-making process all the way to the Cabinet, especially over the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.
Ong had made the most serious allegations about corruption and abuses of power in the highest levels of government decision-making all the way to the Cabinet, that corruption had emerged under the Najib premiership from the “darkness” into the open to do their evil work.
Ong claimed that he was now "under siege" from people with vested interests in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal, involving BN forces and underground, where he had received death threat delivered him in a message through some “secret society brothers”.
The MCA Sunday Star yesterday reported that the death threat read: “If you’re wiped out from this world some day, you should know why this has happened.”
These revelations by a Cabinet Minister demonstrate multiple serious crimes had been committed not only in the form of death threat to a Cabinet Minister, but the even more heinous crimes that “dark forces” of politico-business network involving the underground and certain elements in Barisan Nasional have compromised the integrity of government decision-making process all the way to the Cabinet, which is completely unacceptable in a country that upholds the rule of law and parliamentary democracy.
I had given Ong 48 hours to lodge police report about the death threat to him as a Cabinet Minister and the extension of dark forces in politico-business network involving the underground and Barisan Nasional elements reaching all the way to the Cabinet, and as Ong has failed to do his public duty, I am lodging a police report to protect Ong’s life and the integrity of government and Cabinet decision-making from being coerced and manipulated by undemocratic and unaccountable “dark forces” which act outside the pale of law and parliamentary democracy.
In my police report, I have also appended the Chinese and English-language media reports carrying Ong’s revelations.
It is Ong who should have lodged this police report, but as he dared not do so, I am performing my public duty to lodge it on his behalf to protect his life and the integrity of the Cabinet and public institutions.
Whatever our political differences, I do not want to see any harm to come to Ong because of his Ministerial actions, however misguided and wrong-headed they are, especially his failure to honour his pledge 15 months ago to “tell all” about the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal – in particular how a RM1.088 billion scandal under Tun Dr. Ling Liong Sik as Transport Minister in 2002 could quadruple to RM4.6 billion under Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy as Transport Minister in 2006 and now set to balloon to a RM12.5 billion scandal under Ong.
Let me here extend my assistance and co-operation to Ong, if it is true that he is being victimised by the “dark forces” of politico-business network underground and Barisan Nasional elements.
Let us join forces to expose 100% of the PKFZ scandal instead of Ong trifling with less than 10% expose of the PKFZ scandal in the PricewaterhouseCoopers audit report into the PKFZ.
DAP will give Ong 100% backing to expose 100% and not just less than 10% of the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal.
I am prepared to meet Ong any time he is ready to meet me to work out this joining of forces to fully expose the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal.
Is Ong brave enough to accept this DAP offer of assistance and co-operation, or has the threats, blackmail and death threat he had received from the dark politico-business forces underground and Barisan Nasional have some effect?
Let me advise Ong that if wants to concoct a MCA leadership crisis, he should leave the DAP and me out of his tale of a grand conspiracy against him, as we are simply not interested in the MCA drama – with Ong and MCA Deputy President, Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek competing to claim who is really the real “victim” of a conspiracy.
The tragedy is that the Malaysian public are the real victims of this synthetic MCA leadership crisis – with three MCA Ministers and seven deputy ministers issuing an unprecedented collective statement five days ago pledging single-minded support to Ong.
But support for what? One MCA Minister, Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha and one Deputy Minister, Dr. Wee Ka Siong (who is also MCA Youth chief) have subsequently been reported in the press that there is no whiff of a MCA leadership crisis.
If so, why the collective joint statement by the 10 MCA Ministers and Deputy Ministers pledging allegiance to Ong, if not to create the drama of a MCA President facing a “life-and-death” leadership crisis which does not exist?
This is another ploy of the MCA leadership, with MCA leaders very adept in becoming the David Copperfields of Malaysia, giving illusions that something exists when it does not, like:
I hope Ong will fully co-operate with the police and substantiate with proper facts and evidence the serious allegations he had made about multiple serious crimes committed over the death threat to a Cabinet Minister and the suborning of the government and Cabinet decision-making process by the “dark forces” of underground-Barisan Nasional politico-business complex.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor