Sunday, November 08, 2009

PKFZ: Transport Ministers Benefit from KDSB?

This is the biggest question on many people's minds and as a member of the Public Accounts Committee, I'm obliged to ask each of the 3 Ministers of Transport whom we met as to whether they have received benefits from the developer company, Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd, which is owned by the Member of Parliament for Bintulu, Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing. It is often telling, and highly interesting, the type of answers which you get from them.

On 15 July 2009, we met with Tun Ling Liong Sik. His answers was short but qualified.
Tony Pua: As a matter of record. Just a straight forward answer which I will ask to all that comes. Are they any benefits which under Kuala Dimensi Sdn. Bhd. and its owner Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing and the group companies like Wijaya Baru Sdn. Bhd. and so on that has been provided to Tun during your ten years as a Minister or after your ten years as a Minister which you have taken. For example flights or entertainment and stuff like that.

Tun Dr. Ling Liong Sik: Nothing at all that I can remember.
On 29 July 2009, we met with Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy. His answer was even shorter, and came without a pause.
Tony Pua: Last question, this question I asked to all Ministers that had come. Okay, have the Minister received any benefits in kind or any form from developer whether in terms of travel, entertainment and on so on at any point you have?
Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy: Absolutely not.
And 16 July 2009, I asked the same question to the current Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, and it must have been one of the most long-winded answer you can give for a straightforward question. Not to mention the fact that I was lectured by the Minister as well! In addition, when I posed the question to him, I distinctly heard my fellow PAC member from Gelang Patah screaming "Too much!" (i.e., I asked a "out of bounds" question).
Tony Pua: Soalan terakhir. Soalan ini saya tanya pada semua yang datanglah, semua Menteri yang datang. So, as a matter of record, adakah Menteri mendapat apa-apa faedah ataupun kebaikan secara langsung ataupun tidak daripada pihak Kuala Dimensi, pemiliknya, Dato’ Seri Tiong ataupun lain-lain syarikat yang berkaitanlah seperti hiburan, pelancongan, penerbangan jet dan lain-lain? For a matter of record.
Dato’ Sri Ong Tee Keat: Kalau dalam Dewan, ini secara spontan saya akan bangkitkan Peraturan Mesyuarat 36(6), sangkaan jahat.
Tony Pua: Ini soalan.
Dato’ Sri Ong Tee Keat: Ya, ya, saya cakap ini bukan Dewan tetapi kenalah juga saya rekodkan ini adalah satu-satunya sangkaan yang tidak munasabah. Satu-satunya sangkaan yang berniat tidak baik. Saya tidak mahu sebut istilah jahat tetapi saya juga hendak maklumkan Yang Berhormat, kalaulah misal kata ada pihak yang hendak sogok duit ataupun sogok dengan habuan yang tertentu sudah tentu dia ini ada permintaan, ini supply and demand. Akan tetapi kalaulah misal kata dalam keadaan ini, apa yang hendak diperoleh telah pun dapat, apalagi dia hendak sogok. Ini takkanlah logik semudah ini, Yang Berhormat tidak faham.
So, did you understand what Ong Tee Keat said? Did he say "yes" or "no" or did he even answer my question?

Interestingly, within 4 weeks after the PAC session with him, it was exposed that he took luxury flights on Tiong King Sing's private jets. Make your own judgements from the above. Did I hear "honour", "integrity" and "moral courage"?
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