Wednesday, November 04, 2009

PKFZ: MACC Already Cleared Chan Kong Choy

The Parliament Public Accounts Committee has finally released the much anticipated report on the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone scandal. Probably the strongest of the very many recommendations for actions against a litany of abuses, negligence, mismanagement and possibly corruption, the most significant was the call to refer the former Minister of Transport, Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy for possible charges of criminal breach of trust.

PAC recommended that former Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy be investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Police for unlawfully issuing three Letters of Support which has landed the country with the RM12.5 billion PKFZ scandal, citing the offence of criminal breach of trust under Section 14(1) of the Financial Procedure Act 1957 read together with Section 409B Penal Code.

However, despite being a member of the PAC myself, the above while seemingly a strong statement, may be a fruitless one. This is because, in the PAC's earlier interviews with the MACC, they have claimed that they have already investigated the letters and that they were "not abuses".
Tuan Tony Pua: Akan tetapi, sebelum ini, sebelum 2007 pun isu-isu salah guna kuasa telah pun dikemukakan dengan jelas terutamanya mengenai isu letter of support yang telah pun ditandatangani oleh pihak Menteri pada masa itu telah pun jelas dan telah pun diakui oleh ramai termasuk pihak-pihak daripada kerajaan bahawa seseorang Menteri Pengangkutan tidak mempunyai kuasa untuk memberikan apa-apa jaminan kewangan kepada pihak sesiapa dan apakah tindakan yang diambil pada masa itu? Kenapa pada masa itu tiada siasatan diambil untuk menyiasat sekiranya ada unsur-unsur salah guna kuasa. Sekurang-kurangnya salah guna kuasa dan boleh jadi isu penyelewengan pada masa itu.

Datuk Haji Mohd Shukri bin Abdull (Pengarah Bahagian Siasatan): Okey, Tuan Pengerusi dan Yang Berhormat. Letter of support yang dikatakan dikeluarkan oleh Menteri kepada OSK untuk pinjaman kepada Kuala Dimensi juga merupakan salah satu isu yang kita siasat dan kita complete siasatan itu dan Timbalan Pendakwa Raya berpendapat bahawa tiada kesalahan salah guna kuasa berlaku. Itu pendapat yang dikeluarkan oleh Timbalan Pendakwa Raya. Itu satu isu yang kita siasat Tuan Pengerusi.
So, are they now going to say that the letters were now abuses of power by the former Minister of Transport? Even the Attorney General has admitted to the PAC that the letters are implicit guarantees ("bersifat jaminan"), but obviously MACC had better calibre investigators and prosecutors.

Which brings to question, maybe it is the MACC which should be investigated on why they are so completely useless with something as straightforward as this.

I'll be putting up nuggets of information and comments on the PAC PKFZ report over the next few days. Interesting tidbits during our interviews with various parties ranging from the 3 Ministers of transport, government officials, former Port Klang Authority Chairmen and directors. Enjoy ;-)
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