Is Ong Tee Keat facing a synthetic “life-and-death” crisis of leadership and if he is under siege, where does the unprecedented “threat” come from – Umno, MCA or BN?

Three MCA Ministers and seven deputy ministers have come out with a most extraordinary joint statement, describing the MCA President and Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat as if he is in the “life and death” crisis of leadership, except that nobody whether in MCA, Umno, Barisan Nasional or outside could feel any such crisis – or would care less, for that matter!

My first reaction to the joint statement of the MCA Ministers and deputy ministers is whether they are referring to me as the cause of Tee Keat tottering in his ministerial seat, as they described Ong’s crisis as emanating from his handling of the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.

I read the statement more than once and clearly it could not refer to me.

The joint statement of the MCA ministers and deputy ministers said those who “ create obstacles, make threats, suppress the truth and mislead the public must be condemned in the strongest terms possible” in the unfolding PKFZ “mother of all scandals”.

It cannot be me, because I do not come under the rubric of the sweeping generalisation and condemnation of those who “create obstacles, make threats, suppress the truth and mislead the public”, although I do not deny that I have been haunting and hounding Ong to “tell all” about the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal – in particular the causes and the culprits of the “scandal of all scandals” in Malaysian history.

And I will continue to haunt and hound Ong until the full facts of the PKFZ scandal, as to 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 become a RM12.5 billion scandal under Ong.

I had asked Ong 108 questions in my 36-day “three questions a day” on the PKFZ scandal and the MCA President had been running for cover for over a month, right from his scooting to France for the Paris Air Show when Parliament first met on June 15, 2009.

Ong’s failure and inability to answer the 108 questions is akin to his failure to pass as Transport Minister and MCA President like Shaolin disciples in “fighting stories” who could not pass the gauntlet of the 108 movements of Shaolin Wooden-men Lane and 18 Lohans to qualify leaving the Shaolin Mountain out into the world.

I will continue to haunt and hound Ong to get to the bottom of the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal, not because there is anything personal between us but in the public and national interests.

For the past fortnight, I have not been able to get back to the subject of PKFZ scandal, not that I am satisfied with Ong’s responses or that I have nothing more to ask or say, but because more immediate national concerns had consumed my time and energy, like the mysterious death of Teoh Boon Hock at MACC headquarters and the PPSMI controversy.

As a result, I have no time for Ong but will return to Ong and the PKFZ scandal when there is more time.

But I cannot be the one who is causing Ong to fight a political “life and death” battle in Cabinet as to require such a collective joint statement by MCA ministers and deputy ministers to swear eternal allegiance to Ong – just short of declaring that they will “sink or swim” with him, which of course they will not!

This is because Ong’s enemies are of a totally different character as is evident from Ong’s wide-ranging interview with Sin Chew Jit Poh last Thursday and Ong’s Sunday speech, where he made the most serious allegations ever about high-level corruption and abuses of power reaching all the way to the Cabinet, causing him to allege that corruption had emerged under the Najib premiership from the “darkness” into the open to do their evil work.

In fact, in his interview with Sin Chew Daily, Ong himself claimed that he was now “under siege” from people with vested interest in PKFZ, including some from within BN, and claims to have received death threats from underworld figures and whose influence have gone as high as the Cabinet level.

The press had asked for my responses to the collective statement by MCA Ministers and Deputy Ministers. Actually, it is the MACC who should be asked for their responses to Ong’s serious allegations of corruption and “dark underground forces” extending the tentacles of their influence to high government places including the Cabinet.

Unless the MCA and Deputy Ministers are trying to distract public attention from the colossal failure of Ong and the other three MCA Ministers in Cabinet yesterday to establish a comprehensive Royal Commission of Inquiry into Teoh Beng Hock’s mysterious death at MACC last Thursday – instead of a ridiculous Royal Commission of Inquiry not into Teoh’s death but the investigative procedures of MACC!

Malaysiakini has described the collective statement of the MCA Ministers and Deputy Ministers as “a shot in the arm” for Ong. This phrase cannot be more appropriate, except not in its literary sense. It is most applicable in its literal sense here, for the MCA Ministers and deputy Ministers could not have done more damage to Ong than their maladroit and ill-considered statement of solidarity with Ong.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 5:09 pm

    How much would you want to bet, that if we can get polls to show that UMNO is going out, these ‘show of support’ would switch to condemnation of him….

  2. #2 by Godfather on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 5:17 pm

    He is not referring to you, Kit. He is just playing the sympathy game of “unknown” threats so that the rakyat thinks that he is really on to something. Lee Hwa Beng has police protection now, but I think all these is just sandiwara – to deflect attention on to others. If there is a real threat, then why wasn’t police reports made ?

  3. #3 by limkamput on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 5:23 pm

    Underworld threats and influence up to the cabinet level? So don’t do anything lah? Hello, let’s don’t talk baloney lah.

    I think it is more he can’t take the heat any more. I already told him before, if you are an eunuch, don’t act tough. You either quit or you reveal all. It is not just Lim Kit Siang or PR wants some answers. I think it is we Malaysians. It is not just PKFZ. I just don’t get it; why everything, be it a project, a programme or a policy, it must inevitably turn into sh!t. Tell us one single thing you BN fellows have done right since Mahathir?

  4. #4 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 6:22 pm

    OTKeat – all threats, real or perceived, will last but for a season. The greatest threat that will accompany us all to the grave is our CONSCIENCE.

    So, my message to OTKeat is simply this: there is no externa,l threat that you can’t handle. The only threat that may haunt you for life and riddle your soul with torment forever is the thot that u failed ordinary men and women u claim to represent.

    So, get reaL, BE HONEST. Spit at the DEVIL or devils and brace yourself for hell or high water. The result: u will be at peace with yrself and the RAKYAT will know u r an honest fighter n go down as the first MCA statesman, not an a***-licker.

  5. #5 by donplaypuks on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 6:23 pm


    If Ong Gua Ta Kut can’t stand the heat in the kitchen, he should get out NOW!

    maybe he’s more suited for tiddlywinks or bingo.

    No, this is standard misdirection by MCA when faced with a leadership crisis and a scandal they cannot get out of. Th eunderworld on its own will have no interest in PKFZ. So, the people behind it, if true, must be UMNO and MCA bigwigs.

    And if all that UMNO/MCA vis-a-vis PKFZ did is above board why should anyone be threatening their lives.

    Behind every greta fortune, there is a crime!!


    We are all of one Race, the Human Race.
    That is all that really matters.

  6. #6 by Jaswant on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 6:32 pm

    “And I will continue to haunt and hound Ong until the full facts ….” LKS

    You may have to enlist the help of the recently deceased.

  7. #7 by a2a on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 6:38 pm

    He represent Chinese puppet control by his master.

    He will definitely finish by Malaysian Justice Supporters especially by the Chinese Justiece supporters.

  8. #8 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 7:07 pm

    Anybody got hold of the PKFZ appendices yet? Will it be posted without conditions for all to see?

    Then, maybe, we will all understand why Ong is under “threat” and from whom, or is he just paranoid or bulls–ting.

  9. #9 by All For The Road on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 7:19 pm

    The three MCA ministers and seven deputy ministers joint-statement support for MCA president OTK can be summed up thus:

    “Birds of the same feather flock together!’

  10. #10 by k1980 on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 8:12 pm

    Not “Birds of the same feather flock together!’

    but “Cobras of the same venom slither together!’

  11. #11 by OrangRojak on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 9:01 pm

    Death threats? Pffft! This is Malaysia – the Opposition is actually dying! He should wait until he is killed, and then he can talk.

    sheriff singh – the appendices cannot be downloaded from

  12. #12 by yhsiew on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 9:37 pm

    OTK should stop putting up a sandiwara to gain sympathy from the rakyat.

  13. #13 by YK Leong on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Now, I know the reason why Ong Ta Kut is so reluctant and unwilling to announce the tell-all PKFZ “mother of all scandals”. 3 MCA Ministers, 5 deputy ministers inclusive of 1 who wore 2 hats at a certain time and 2 backdoor listed deputy ministers have come out with a most extraordinary joint statement in support of Ta Kut. No wonder Ta Kut was so evasive once a upon a time and even to an extend of running away to France to miss answering in Parliament.

    BTW, when will Chan Kong Choy appear before the Committee of Privileges? If I am not mistaken, it is this week.

  14. #14 by intan on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 10:23 pm

    ong takut is fighting against his own shadow.

  15. #15 by tanjong8 on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 10:30 pm

    What has MACC been doing so far in the PKFZ scandal ?

    Goodness gracious me. Nothing !

  16. #16 by digard on Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 10:58 pm

    “where does the unprecedented “threat” come from – Umno, MCA or BN?”

    The answer is obvious: MACC
    (couldn’t resist)

  17. #17 by boh-liao on Friday, 24 July 2009 - 1:36 am

    Just like many silly big bosses in history who were first hailed as the invincibles and number 1 before they were later chopped into pieces

  18. #18 by Bigjoe on Friday, 24 July 2009 - 9:24 am

    I just realised that the methodology being used here is STUPID! Think it through, the strategy assumes you push the button of threats and sympathy. But it only works if you and the people around you are respected or admired. All these people are largely not well known and new so not respected or admired.

    Its like scrapping the bottom of spin doctoring. Its pretty pathetic intellectually speaking…

  19. #19 by k1980 on Friday, 24 July 2009 - 10:05 am

    mca should change its name to macc– malaysian association of chinese castratees

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