Speech (5) by Lim Kit Siang on the first 2010 supplementary estimates in Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday, 13th April 2010:
Call on government to stop RM770 million payout this year to KDSB for the RM1.25 billion PKFZ scandal until full accountability by the Cabinet super-task force headed by Chief Secretary
In September last year, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced the setting up of a Cabinet super task force headed by the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, to investigate the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.
I had specifically asked at the time why the Chief Secretary Sidek Hassan was appointed to head such an inquiry into the PKFZ scandal, and why he had failed to conduct such an inquiry earlier as this was resolved by the Cabinet in July 2007 when it decided on the RM4.6 billion bailout of PKFZ, including giving retrospective approval to the four illegal Letters of Support unlawfully given by the two previous Transport Ministers, Tun Dr. Ling Liong Sik and Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy which have landed the country in the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal.
Although the Attorney-General and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had publicly promised that action would be taken against “grand corruption” in the PKFZ scandal, meaning the “big fishes”, why no action has been taken against such “big fishes” with only a few mid-fishes being arrested and prosecuted for corruption?
I want to specifically ask why the two former Transport Ministers Liong Sik and Kong Choy have been left off scotfree.
In this connection, I call on the government to withhold further payments due to PKFZ turnkey contractor Kuala Dimensi Sdn. Bhd (KDSB) pending full accountability of the investigations by the Cabinet super task force headed by the Chief Secretary.
The payments due this year to KDSB is the astronomical sum of RM772 million. In the last two years, KDSB were paid RM660 million each year.
Why should the government continue to throw good money after bad money in the “mother of all scandals”?
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader & MP for Ipoh Timor