PKFZ scandal: Does Ong Tee Keat agree that the Speaker has put the cart before the horse in claiming that there is no point in tabling PwC report on PKFZ and appendices in Parliament without PAC report?

My three questions (No.82 to No. 84 on the 28th day in the current series) to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat on the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal today are:

Question No. 1: The Star today reported the Speaker, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin as saying that the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report on the PKFZ scandal will only be tabled in Parliament together with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report on PKFZ.

Pandikar said that without the PAC report, the PwC report on PKFZ would have no relevance if tabled.

The Speaker is putting the cart before the horse in claiming that there is no point in tabling the Pwc report on PKFZ and appendices in Parliament without the PAC report.

Does Ong agree that without the benefit of the PAC report, there is no point in tabling the PwC report and appendices on the PKFZ scandal in Parliament?

It is unlikely that the PAC report on the PKFZ can be tabled in time for the current parliamentary meeting which ends on Thursday, 2nd July, 2009, and as there is no assurance that the PAC report would be tabled on the first day of the next parliamentary meeting on 19th October 2009, there is therefore a great likelihood that the PAC report and PwC report and appendices are only tabled in November or December 2009 if they not pushed into 2010 altogether!

Does Ong agree that the PwC report and appendices should remain in the vaults of Parliament for next few months to collect dust?

My first question is why is Ong is so afraid of making the PwC report and in particular the appendices freely available to MPs and the public? What is Ong trying to hide?

Question 2: The time has come for Ong to give a full account of the secret meeting of Barisan Nasional MPs at an undisclosed venue on the 5th May 2009 to get a special briefing on the PwC report on the PKFZ scandal.

Whose idea was it to organize such a special and secret briefing for BN MPs even before the PwC report was made public, who were the MPs who attended, whether from Umno, MCA, MIC, Gerakan or the Sabah and Sarawak Barisan Nasional component parties, who gave the briefing, who paid for the briefing, and were the BN MPs assigned to defend the PKFZ issue in Parliament?

Question No. 3 – In Parliament on Wednesday, 24th June 2009, I had asked the Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr. Awang Adek Hussain to give a full account to Parliament on all the Cabinet meetings and decisions on the PKFZ, and in particular to confirm or deny the following Cabinet meetings and decisions:

  • On 2nd October 2002, Cabinet agreed to the purchase of the land for the PKFZ project based on Transport Minister’s information that the project was viable and did not require any government financial assistance and that legal issues surrounding the land concerned had been resolved.
  • On 9th October Cabinet agreed to defer implementation of the Oct. 2 decision, pending reports by Finance Ministry and Attorney-General’s Chambers.
  • On 16th Oct. 2002, Cabinet informed of Attorney-General’s position that the land had too many encumbrances and “willing buyer, willing seller” transaction not proper. Finance Ministry asked to submit report.
  • On 23rd October 2002, Cabinet agreed that land be acquired by Transport Ministry under section 3(1)(a) of Land Acquisition Act 1960 at RM10.16 psf. Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) to be given the opportunity to level and build basic infrastructure at a price to be negotiated and to be finalized by the Finance Ministry if it is above RM100 million. Among the reasons why the Cabinet reversed the Oct. 2, 2002 decision were:
    1. The land had too many encumbrances with at least eight charges and five caveats and that Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSD) had made misrepresentation which may be fraudulent misrepresentation;
    2. That the issue of “willing buyer and willing seller” does not arise as KDSB was unable to transfer title free from encumbrance to the government;
    3. That from corporate information, KDSB was a company with bank liabilities.
  • On 6th November, 2002 Cabinet reversed its decision of Oct. 23, 2002 and upheld its Oct. 2, 2002 decision.

Can Ong confirm or deny these Cabinet meetings and decisions on PKFZ? If the former, can Ong explain why the Cabinet had “flip-flopped”, chopped and changed week-by-week on its decisions on the PKFZ question, landing the country with a RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal?

  1. #1 by the reds on Friday, 26 June 2009 - 11:06 am

    Tomorrow never ends! BN tries to drag this issue as long as possible, until people forget about it! As Uncle Lim rightly pointed out what is the point of implementing KPI system with KPI Minister, when there is no KPI culture among BN Ministers?

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Friday, 26 June 2009 - 12:14 pm

    BN MPs and state assemblymen are trained to be
    the See not, Hear not, n Speak not monkeys
    Whether the cart is before the horse or
    the horse before the cart
    means nothing to the No see, No hear, n No speak monkeys
    Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely
    BN MPs and state assemblymen only wish
    PR MPs and state assemblymen to behave same same

  3. #3 by Onlooker Politics on Friday, 26 June 2009 - 12:25 pm

    Sorry, YB Kit!

    Ong Tee Keat has no time to answer too many questions which you raised here for him to respond. Don’t you know that he has gotten a lot of internal troubles in MCA now? With the appointment of Dr. Chua as the Inter-parties Coordinator who reports duty directly to Najib, who is bestowed with the power to go around many MCA’s defeated Parliamentary Constituencies as Najib’s special ambassador, Dr. Chua has already been becoming a more and more popular MCA leader who outshines Ong Tee Keat.

    Ong Tee Keat could not even have a proper control on Johore MCA, where he chairs as the Head of the Johore State Liason Committee of MCA, since many Dr. Chua’s supporters in Johore have turned themselves to be the fugitives who rebel against Ong Tee Keat.

    With so many imminent tasks pending to be resolved by Ong Tee Keat at MCA internally, how do you expect him to find time to give you a satisfactory answer on the PKFZ scandal? Why don’t you offer Ong Tee Keat a chance to give him a break at the moment but get him to promise you to pay you back the favour when comes to the contest for State Ruling Power in Sarawak in the coming state-wide election?

  4. #4 by frankyapp on Friday, 26 June 2009 - 12:48 pm

    YB Lim,I told you so and it’s happening now right infront of your face.The speaker is a tool which is used only by Umno,particularly by NR whenever its interest is question.The speaker is nothing but like a hound dog.He wants PAC report first,and said dumb thing like “no PAC report means no PWC report to be tabled “. He knows PAC pretty well more than we (rakyat) know what PAC is. I know PAC is a kind of a tool like him(speaker).Both are tools but use for different application.What the speaker is telling you YB Lim is for you to wait for the PAC’s report until doom day comes. Your effort may be not successful in parliament but it generated pretty lots of interest and awareness among the citizens/voters. This’s what matter most.

  5. #5 by tanjong8 on Friday, 26 June 2009 - 1:45 pm

    DAP and PR must take this issue to the people in a large scale.

    No one of the right mind will tolerate such non-sense but the rural people may not be aware.

    Bring the issue to them and work the ground.

    Then,Change in Putrajaya is on the horizon come 2013

  6. #6 by rabbit on Friday, 26 June 2009 - 2:01 pm

    such a bullshit!!! Geram betul… they are playing the game, try to bring LKS garden walk…seems like they try to delay n slowly everyone forget about this issue. PKFZ shell not let go, must bite it till see blood. like LSK said, this mother of scandal. need to remove it.

  7. #7 by House Victim on Friday, 26 June 2009 - 4:21 pm

    1. The PWC Report touched mainly on the Violations of Procedures, so it is None of the Business of PAC nor the MACC. The latter is to see if Corruption involved. The tabling of PWC Report should be considered as a General obligation of PKA to MOT and so to MOF and the Parliament.
    2. PAC only involved
    IF the Project had been officially approved with details such that special sum be used for the specified details. And, subjected if Audited Account Statement be presented via MOT to MOF, then, to the Parliament. The PWC is not an Audited Account that warrant the attention of PAC when they are not checking the Account.!
    3. The functions of the Speaker
    a) to be responsible for maintaining order in the House;
    b) to ensure that relevancy is observed during debates;
    c) to interpret the Standing Orders in case of disputes; and
    d) to certify money bills before such bills are transmitted to the Dewan Rakyat
    The Speaker has NO Decision making power to Stop MOT’s obligation to provide Reports or whatsoever to the Parliament.
    3. It is the obligation of MOT/MOF/Cabinet/PM to present to Parliament all essential document, including the PWC Report, to testify and verifiy
    a) What had been submitted for Approval under PAA by PKA and WHAT had been approved in Details on the Project by Parliament/Cabinet/MOF/MOT.
    b) What had been done so far with a Progress Reports, Audited Statement, Reports from Auditor General, etc..
    c) The answers from the various Ministries on queries or questions raised by the PWC Report as well as queries from MP.

    4. MACC Report should submitted long time ago on basis of Report of Corruption to ACA in 2004 filed by DAP. The Parliament should press MACC on such a Report. Did MACC mentioned anything in their Annual to the Special Committee, or Advisory Board?


  8. #8 by ktteokt on Friday, 26 June 2009 - 7:55 pm

    If OTK and the whole MCA can put on their underpants after putting on their pants, what’s wrong with the cart before the donkey!

  9. #9 by frankyapp on Friday, 26 June 2009 - 11:18 pm

    House victim says ” Does speaker understand his jobs ? “. How can he understand his job,house victim,when he’s a dumb tool. Can you talk to your tool (hammer),no you can’t. It’s up to you as to how to use it,say bang a 3 inch nail to your wooden floor and with your control it can do it.Similarly Umno/Bn is exactly using the speaker like what you do with your tool to hit the nail into the floor.Just look at our YB Lim,despite his constant banging at the House speaker,he does not move at all.Why cos this tool(speaker) does not belong to him.But once its owner(Umno/Bn) uses it ,it works wonders.Ha Ha Ha.

  10. #10 by House Victim on Saturday, 27 June 2009 - 2:27 pm

    frankyapp, thanks input!



    Had they challenged the Speaker on holding up the PWC report as claimed by LHB or MOT that they had delivered the copies to the Parliament but subject to the Consent of the Speaker to pass out?

    Either they do not dare to fight even a Speaker, or, they do not know or bother to know what is a Speaker. In either way, should People continue to have confidence on them?




  11. #11 by frankyapp on Monday, 29 June 2009 - 9:24 am

    House victim,I appreciate your sincere opinion on MPs especially the oppostion ones.You already known,the speaker is an Umno’s tool.Since being a somebody’s tool,you or he is liken a dumb though you or he may be a civilised one.But a tool is a tool.The speaker has firstly made it pretty clear that he would not accept YB Lim’s proposal and if he and others persistantly insisted to have the proposal accepted by this speaker tool,Lim and other of his MPs joining him would be kicked out of the parliament or what the usual way of saying ,you are suspensed from attending the current parliament session or worst still be suspended for a year liked what has happened to MP D.Singh. You see House victim,we are not dealing with ladies and gentlemen here,YB Lim and his MPs are dealing with crooks and gangsters like some one has said about the Umno/Bn MPs,D.speaker and speaker. So hopefully now you see that it’s easily said than done.You should know too that we are not liken to British or Australian parliament.This is our unique and violence Malaysian parliament.

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