MCA president Ong Tee Keat today filed a RM500 million defamation suit against BN Backbenchers Club chairperson Tiong King Sing over the latter's claim of giving RM10 million to the minister. The suit was motivated by Tiong's allegation that he had 'donated' RM10 million to Ong.
This is a funny story. If Tiong had made a donation and expected nothing back in return what is the motive for Tiong to turn the donation into a credibility issue for Ong? Is the BNBBC chairman and Bintulu MP expecting his favour to be returned in the PKFZ expose.
Many Malaysians may not be motivated to defend or support Ong in this issue because he is the president of a BN component party. I am equally baffled why Ong has continued to defend and tolerate UMNO's racist policies and statements. But this is entirely a different issue.
The fact is Ong is merely doing his job to investigate the PKFZ financial fiasco which is threatening to pull a dark cloud over the country. Without his commitment to dig deep into the issue, it would not have been possible for us to find out that there may be a potential breach of financial integrity which had lead to an over billing of RM500 million to RM1 billion.
On the PKFZ, Ong has obviously risked it all. Based on my current assessment, it will be a tough battle for Ong to keep his parliamentary seat (Pandan) in the next general election. I am sure many parties are out for his blood and he will end up having to pay a high price for his political career.
MCA's insistence to continue working with UMNO may be a bad political calculation. But it must not discount the fact that Ong's good work to honour his commitment to account for the PKFZ fiasco is admirable.
For this, he must not walk alone.
Many rich and powerful people are using the judiciary (defamation suits) to silence critics and to shut out people from reporting their wrongdoings. I sympathize with Ong because I am a victim of such devious act as well which wanted to put me in a difficult financial position.