Malaysiakini Letter

PKFZ - royal commission urgently needed

Gooi Hsiao Leung  |  Published:  |  Modified:

I refer to the Malaysiakini report PKA gets cracking on PKFZ report .

Barely two weeks after Ong Tee Keat had vowed to publicly address all questions relating to the PKFZ scandal, the MCA president and transport minister appears to be suffering severe fatigue from the hooks and punches he is receiving from the public and the opposition.

Most notably of late from none other than the DAP supremo, Lim Kit Siang, himself.

Ong Tee Keat now says he will no longer engage in a 'tit for tat' battle with the opposition, despite his earlier pledge to answer all questions over the scandal. Instead, Ong has set up a new website which he claims will address these questions.

I am truly disappointed at Ong's seemingly apathetic refusal to engage the 36 specific and serious public interest concerns, and the questions raised by Lim Kit Siang.

The latest of which is the legality over the 'Letters of Support' issued by Ong's two former party bosses - Ling Liong Sik and Chan Kong Choy - culminating in the PKA's losses potentially reaching over RM12.5 billion.

The new PKA website, purportedly set up to answer the opposition and public's questions, is nothing but a sham, containing current official government press statements without substantively addressing the public's questions over the specific issues of concern and findings highlighted in the PKFZ report.

To add insult to injury, public access to the online PKFZ report and appendices expired on June 10 - just two weeks after the release of the report itself. Anyone who has tried to look at the report will understand how difficult and restrictive access is.

From handing over your name and IC, to indicating your acceptance to the terms and conditions of the release - including a bizarre term that 'no person may use or rely on the report to come to any conclusions'.

Once you gained access to the voluminous online report, you were required to read it in its entirety online - no option to download, save or print the report for ease of reading.

So much for the 'openness and transparency' espoused by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's 'People First, Performance Now' administration.

What are the official terms of reference for setting up the new task force? There is nothing in Ong's press statement to indicate that this task force will investigate any wrongdoing of those directly responsible for PKA's current state of affairs.

Those directly involved in the PKFZ affair must be made accountable to the public - from the cabinet ministers responsible for endorsing the policy decision to acquire the land for PKA at a highly controversial inflated price of RM1.088 billion, to the PKA board, comprising of representatives from the ministry of finance, the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister's Department, and the ministry of transport overseeing this project - in whose hands they incurred colossal losses.

The rotten stench of this scandal rises to the highest echelons of power.

Nothing short of establishing an independent royal commission of inquiry, bringing those involved in the scandal to answer directly to the public, will address the public outrage and disgust over the PKFZ scandal.

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