The Sun wrote:
"It would be wrong not to recognise and congratulate Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat for his steadfastness in wanting to keep to his promise that he is all for transparency.
Ong, wrongly, has been the subject of scorn poured by certain quarters without understanding nor accepting the fact that he merely inherited the problem from his predecessors. On assuming the hot seat, he had been consistent in wanting the cold truth to be told to the public sans the frills and legal jargon.
Having said that, Ong is now left with the task of compelling the board of the Port Klang Authority to bring to book the wrongdoers and to recover public money which has ended in the pockets of wrong people."
I have resisted the temptation to blog on the PKFZ until all details were clearly reported and accounted in the latest PwC audit report. The PKFZ scandal is a huge one which requires a full attention from the government.
Since billions of public money is involved the government is accountable to ensure that the project does not continue to bleed money. We need a serious act of accountability and transparency to address the shortcomings of the project.
However, the continuous political bantering and finger pointing is not going to bring us anywhere. It looks quite obvious that not many politicians would like to trade places with Ong. Ong accepted the portfolio fully aware of the challenge awaiting him at the ministry and had delivered his first promise to engage an independent body to investigate the scandal.
Since the report is out, both Ong and PKA do not have a choice but to launch a full and thorough investigation on all wrong doings to ensure that wrongdoers are brought to justice and to recover any ill gotten monies taken from the public.
Next, the government and Ong would have to use all the expertise they can get to evaluate the viability of the PKFZ as an international industrial park. They need to quickly find a niche for PKFZ because building an industrial park alone will not be enough to attract foreign investment into the area.
The PKFZ needs a solid and innovative strategy to restore and revive the project. As a layman, it appears to me that the ready built factories and plants are too small to accommodate international players. They may be more suitable for SMEs or R&D facilities.
As a step forward, the ministry should organise a full briefing session on the PKFZ. I am sure many of us are curious about the project. The public deserved to know if the project is still viable and it will not end up as the biggest white elephant in the country.