Archive for November, 2009



05
Nov
09

Dr M oversaw PKFZ land valuation

Former transport minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik appeared to pass the buck over the costing and valuation of the Port Klang Free Trade Zone (PKFZ) land to his former boss, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In the verbatim of the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) meeting procedures released yesterday, Ling said his ministry could only “state the fact that we wanted the land.”

However, Ling pointed out that the costing and valuation of the land was determined by the Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH) which was chaired by former prime minister and finance minister, Dr Mahathir.

“Our job in Ministry of Transport is to only state the fact that we want the land. Costings, valuations and all that, it is not the function of the Ministry of Transport. We do not have a Valuation Department.

“Costings and valuations is a question for the Treasury to deal with. They have the Valuation Department and everything is there, not in Ministry of Transport. I think Tun Dr Mahathir who chaired it, and he was the Finance Minister also. He saw it very clearly. That was the fact of the case,” he said in the verbatim.

Dr Mahathir has remained relatively silent on the scandal which could cost taxpayers RM12.453 billion.

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05
Nov
09

Kelantan to receive alms instead of rightful oil royalty

The Barisan Nasional federal government will pay Kelantan “goodwill payment” for oil extracted in its waters but PAS lawmakers are disputing it, saying it is akin to receiving alms instead of rightful oil royalty.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak told Parliament that Kelantan has no right to claim for royalties from national oil company Petronas since oil was extracted beyond the state’s waters, similar to the situation in Terengganu

“We have decided to give goodwill payment to Kelantan. This decision is made considering the need to develop Kelantan in line with the federal development programme,” he told the Dewan Rakyat, adding that the state will be receiving the allocation beginning next year.

But Najib’s statement immediately sparked an uproar, with Kubang Kerian MP Salahuddin Ayub saying the Kelantanese are not expecting goodwill payment but what is rightfully theirs.

“So all this while, Terengganu have been receiving goodwill payment and not royalties? Under Section 144 of the National Petroleum Act, Terengganu is receiving royalty and not courtesy payment, so how is this possible?” blasted Salahuddin.

“We are not beggars. We are demanding for what is ours,” the PAS vice-president said.

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05
Nov
09

Slow boat to catch big fish


So, today for good measure, I am taking a walk down memory lane to remind the powers-that-be that there are several outstanding wrongdoings which ought to be attended to. The list is a long one (forget the Port Klang Free Zone for a moment, though it will never be forgotten) and I do not want to go through the agony of digging into the archives and creating more heartache. Instead, these are issues that enjoy “top-of-the-mind” recall:

» Former Tourism Minister Datuk Azalina Othman’s excess baggage as far as staffing was concerned. She had 20 staff which contravenes the Public Services Department (PSD)’s regulations limiting the appointments to only eight. It is also in defiance of a Treasury circular on cost-cutting and austerity. The minister’s office had three special officers, five political officers, one research officer, six information technology officers and five support staff. Some appointments were backdated to circumvent circulars from the PSD and the Treasury and there was no proper selection process as the posts were not advertised.

» The RM68 million disaster called Paya Indah Wetlands still brings anger when you discover that norms in business practices were not followed. There was only one signatory to cheques. Yet, the former CEO of the Malaysian Wetlands Foundation, “Dr” Muralee Menon, who was also the former adviser to the cabinet committee on sports, and former directors – Datuk Ahmad Talib and Nor Hisham Ismail – have remained silent.

» The globe-trotting VIP wives in Selangor still continue to flaunt their designer clothes and branded handbags despite their shenanigans being laid bare at a public inquiry. Is it not abuse of power?

» The theft of land meant for public amenities in Bandar Utama may have lapsed into a distant memory in the minds of many; but each time I drive past BU8 and the Tamil school in the vicinity, I am reminded of how political parties used their influence and clout to take away what rightly belonged to the people. Do these people have any conscience? They now make public statements as if they were God-sent to cure the ills of the people.

» The former state government acquired a large plot of land near Sri Damansara for a song although it was worth a small fortune. It was purportedly for a graveyard. The state then alienated the land to cronies of a politician, who in turn flogged it for millions to a third party, a typical Ali Baba operation.

» The National Sports Council which at one time or another had RM350 million in the bank is now unable to pay athletes. Does anyone bother to find out where the money went and on the extravagance of certain officials who defend themselves by saying: “Saya yang menurut perintah”?

» What about the abuses that have been highlighted in the auditor-general’s report every year? Has anyone been “hanged” for wrongdoings? May be, one or two ikan bilis, but what about the ikan yu and those who gave the go-ahead? They are being promoted to higher positions and together come the perks – state or national awards.

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05
Nov
09

PKFZ: PAC wants CBT probe on Kong Choy, OC Phang

The Public Accounts Committee has recommended that former Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy and former Port Klang Authority (PKA) general manager Datin Paduka O.C. Phang must be investigated for criminal breach of trust in the Port Klang Free Trade (PKFZ) scandal.

It also recommended investigations into the role of other government officials serving in PKA when the project was being developed.

The PAC found both Chan and Phang to have breached the Financial Procedure Act 1957 by issuing three letters of support and three letters of undertaking without the approval of the Finance Ministry.

The PKA had already sued Phang on Oct 8 for breach of duties in connection with the scandal-plagued PKFZ project.

“The committee was informed by the Attorney-General that three support letters were issued by former Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy and the three letters of undertaking issued by the general manager of PKA implicitly was a form of a guarantee from the government to ensure that there will be allocations for PKA to be able to meet its obligations under the development agreement.

“Therefore, a thorough investigation must be conducted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and police into this matter under section 14 (1) of the Financial Procedure Act 1957. It can also be convicted with criminal breach of trust under section 409 together with section 409B of the Penal Code,” the PAC said in its report to Parliament.

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05
Nov
09

PKFZ report: Next step is up to MACC and police?

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid was evasive about the recommendations made in its Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) report.

PAC recommended that former Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy and former Port Klang Authority (PKA) general manager Datin Paduka O.C. Phang be investigated for criminal breach of trust in the PKFZ scandal.

Azmi stressed that a thorough investigation must be conducted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police before any conclusions can be made.

“Everything is in here but it is not only about Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy. There must be a thorough investigation by MACC and police. We don’t know about corruption because it has to be proven but there are a lot of wrongdoings here so which category of crime… we do not know. It is up to the authorities involved to determine,” he told a press conference in Parliament.

The report also recommended investigations into the role of other government officials serving in PKA when the project was being developed.

The PAC found both Chan and Phang to have breached the Financial Procedure Act 1957 by issuing three letters of support and three letters of undertaking without the approval of the Finance Ministry.

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03
Nov
09

Super cover-up of PKFZ scandal?

The Cabinet decision last month to set up a super task force, headed by Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, to take over all investigations into the PKFZ scandal is not a demonstration of political will to get to the bottom of the “mother of all scandals” but the opposite.

I see it as a major step backwards in public accountability and good governance, as it smacks of being a super “cover up” task force for the PKFZ scandal.

What is needed is a Royal Commission of Inquiry to conduct a comprehensive and no-holds-barred investigation into the “mother of all scandals” including relevant Ministerial and Cabinet aspects of the scandal instead of trying to sweep the whole issue back under the carpet.
In the first place, is Mohd Sidek the most appropriate person to head the super task force on the PKFZ scandal?

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