MCA-History,History,History..Lets See…

It seems that the Cabinet has decided to have a high powered taks force to investigate the PKFZ scandal was an sms received by Joey of audie61. This Malaysiakini report in which Ong Tee Keat speaks his mind and says that LET HISTORY JUDGE US. We reposts here…

The Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) fiasco has turned out to be a nightmare for the MCA, BN and the Transport Ministry.

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NONEDubbed by some as the ‘Mother of all scandals’, it not only involves a number of MCA and BN politicians but may also turn out to be the death knell for the political career of current MCA president and Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat.

As the cabinet discusses the task force report into the scandal today, Ong said that he had done his best in probing the case.

He claimed that the unpopular move has unleashed forces within and outside the government and his party in a conspiracy to oust him so as to derail the investigation.

“OTK be OTK. Whether they like me or not, I have my job to do. I am guided by my conscious. I am not guided by the popularity vote that people are deliberately attempting to portray me as.”

Conspiracy in high places

Ong has also singled out PKFZ’s turnkey contractor Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd’s owner, Bintulu MP and BN Backbenchers chief Tiong King Sing as working hand in hand with sacked MCA deputy chief Chua Soi Lek to stop him from getting to the bottom of the scandal.

Both Tiong and Chua have denied the allegations and they instead accused Ong of trying to glorify himself by politicising the PKFZ scandal and mixing it with the party matters.

Dismissing the claim, Ong said, “Nobody in the right frame of mind would choose such a way or such a path to glorify himself, when you have to brace yourself to face all sorts of allegation and hurl against you.”

“I have done whatever is necessary. People can judge and see what were my gains and what could I get from this. Am I going to play hero and enhance my political career? I don’t think there is any room (left) for my (political) escalation.”

Scepticism and opposition pressure

In an interview with Malaysiakini at his Transport Ministry office on Monday, Ong said when he first started the investigation on the RM12.5 billion fiasco, there were a lot of scepticism and the opposition did not have kind words for him.

“My true feeling is that when I first started it, people hammered me, even the opposition who has been purportedly championing accountability and transparency. Remember the kind of statements they made against me?

“These are the doomsayers, they pre-empt everything and said it is impossible and unlikely that I will be able to conduct a proper, comprehensive and genuine investigation. All sorts of things have been said against me. But I remain adamant and don’t even want to engage in any verbal spat.”

Veteran opposition leader Lim Kit Siang has been hounding Ong after the Port Klang Authority (PKA) released the full audit report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) which details various malpractice and weakness.

Lim has been pushing Ong to declassify certain letters and correspondence in relation to the PwC audit report and make a ministerial statement to allow for a parliamentary debate.

The opposition leader has followed up by asking about three questions on the issue a day, which has annoyed to the minister.

We have done what is to be done

 

On the public perception that he is alone in pushing for the investigation and received little support from his BN colleagues, Ong refused to comment.

“I think that is not for me to comment (on this).”

He also refuted the claim that the government is reluctant to take action against the culprits and claimed that the only thing he cannot do is to arrest people.

“Can’t you see that after the PWC report (was released), what has unfolded? The (setting up) of three panels (PKFZ special panels), who are putting in hard work and solid work and they are independent. We have done what is expected of us.

“The only thing I cannot do is arrest people. I cannot do wonders (as suggested) by certain people to play the role of judge, jury and executioner. I think that by itself it is mockery to their own belief of separation of powers.”

Not proper to take flight

He also denied any improper relationship by taking free flights from Tiong King Sing’s company plane.

“Using his flights doesn’t mean that by itself is a favour. No. If at all anybody including me and others were to be offered a lift by third party, it does it not mean we have to ask beforehand ‘are you going to charge me?’

“Going back to the so-called failure to pay him whatever, if you had read through my statement, I said loud and clear, he is not the only service provider in the town. There is no element of favour involved. So far the question is whether or not the service provider has ever sent us the invoice?”

Ong has filed a RM500 million suit against Tiong for alleging that he had taken a RM10 million political donation from Tiong. But he confirmed that he had used KDSB’s private jet five times for “emergency purposes” only.

He said that out of the five occurrences, he should not be billed for one flight because he said he was “invited” to join that flight, while insisting that KDSB has yet to issue invoices to charge him for the service.

In an apparent bid to show that there was no conflict of interest, Ong said he also engaged the services of other private jet companies and not just KDSB alone.

Sex DVD much more damaging

Ong also took a swipe at his rival Chua Soi Lek who criticised his handling of the PKFZ fiasco which, lamented the sacked deputy leader, could pave the downfall of BN and MCA.

“At the same time it is amusing for me to learn that from him, if this is deemed as something that could bring down the BN and MCA, then how about the sex DVD? Don’t you think that is even more severe in terms of impact, not just to BN, MCA and even the country as a whole?”

Chua resigned from all government and party posts early last year following the eruption of a sensational sex DVD which shows him engaging in sexual acts.

He made a remarkable comeback in last October’s party polls by beating then secretary-general Ong Ka Chuan for the deputy president’s post.

However 21 months after the incident, MCA presidential council decided to expell him based on the recommendation of the party’s disciplinary committee.

The reason for his expulsion from MCA was due to him tarnishing the party’s image over the sex DVD incident.
Below is the text of the interview by Malaysiakini with MCA president Ong Tee Keat

Malaysiakini: Do you regret taking the flights on Tiong’s company plane?

Ong Tee Keat: Using his flights doesn’t mean that by itself is a favour. No. If at all anybody, including me, or others were to be offered a lift by a third party, does it mean we have to ask beforehand that are you going to charge me or what so ever?

Going back to the so-called failure to pay him, if you had read through my statement, I said loud and clear, he is not the only service provider in the town. There is no element of favour involved. So far the question is whether or not the service provider has ever sent us the invoice?

I don’t think anybody in their right frame of mind would ever do business like this.

There is wide public perception that there is lack of support from BN and your colleagues in dealing with the PKFZ issue. Some said that Prime Minister’s Office statement to support the investigations came too late for you.

I think that is not for me to comment (on this).

My true feeling is that, when I first started it, people crticised me. Even the opposition who has been purportedly championing accountability and transparency, but remember what kind of statement they made against me?

These are the doomsayers, they predict everything and said it is impossible and unlikely that I will be able to conduct a proper, comprehensive and genuine investigation. All sorts of things have been said against me. But I remain adamant and don’t even want to engage in any verbal spats.

Do you think you have done your part in producing the auditor’s report?

I have to be answerable to my own self as well as to my conscience.

But the public still perceives that there is still a lack of action (taken against the culprits)?

Can’t you see that after the PwC report (was released), what has unfolded? The (setting up) of three panels (PKFZ special panels), who are putting in hard work and solid work, and they are independent. We have done what is expected of us.

The only thing I cannot do is arrest people, I cannot do wonders (as suggested) by certain people to play the role of judge, jury and executioner. I think that by itself it is a mockery in their own belief of separation of powers.

So are you confident that the action will be taken? The case will be solved eventually? The culprits will be prosecuted?

I have done whatever is necessary. People can judge the gains that I could get from this. Is it that by doing so, I am going to play hero and enhance my political career?

I don’t think there is any room (left) for my (political) escalation.

But Chua Soi Lek says that the way you are dealing with PKFZ is going to bring BN and MCA down and only glorify yourself?

Nobody in the right frame of mind would choose such a way or such a path to glorify himself when you have to brace yourself to face all sorts of allegations and hurled against you.

At the same time it is amusing for me to learn that from him. If this is deemed as something that could bring down BN and MCA, then how about the sex DVD?

Don’t you think that is even more severe in terms of impact, not just to BN, MCA and even the country as a whole?

I think somehow politicians and non-politicians alike must learn that the norms and values are not something that we can simply distort at our wimps and fancies.             UPDATED    {  The cabinet has today decided to establish a super task force, headed by Chief Secretary to the Government Mohd Sidek Hassan, to investigate the Port Klang Free Zone scandal }

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