The PKFZ fiasco has entered an interesting phase. Yesterday, the Port Klang Authority (PKA) had filed a police report against KDSB, which has been accused of making inflated claims (between RM500 million to RM1 billion) in relation to the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project.
Twenty-four hours after a police report was lodged against developer Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB), the company's top brass have made some startling revelations.
KDSB chief executive officer Tiong King Sing - who is also the Barisan Nasional backbenchers club chairperson and Bintulu MP - alleged that he had 'donated' RM10 million to MCA president and Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat last year.
As for using the jet, Faizal told Malaysiakini that the company did not charge the MCA president any charter fee but added that the latter should have at least paid for fuel and other expenses amounting to US$40,000.
Ong's political secretary Simon Lim has rubbished the claim. "For expenses involving the minister's official travel, the relevant company must send the bill to the ministry to claim for payment," he explained.
Lim said the reason the minister had opted to use a chartered airplane was due to his tight schedule and to prevent being late. He added that Ong had also used other modes of travel, including no-frills airlines.
I have an advice for Tiong, the chairman of BNBBC and MP for Bintulu. He should report the RM10 million 'gift' to the MACC if he believes that the money was supposed to buy him favour from the newly minted transport minister. Otherwise, he should not try to deflect away attention from the current PKFZ fiasco involving his company.
I support Tony Pua's call for Tiong to resign as the chairman of BNBBC. Moreover, he should also resign as the MP of Bintulu if he wants to help protect the integrity of the parliament.
I have an advice for MCA President Ong Tee Keat too. He should fix up his traveling schedule so that the tax payers will not be burdened again for his inability to keep time. USD40,000 was an expensive sum to pay to help keep Ong right on his schedule. I rather he was late for his meetings than to pay that sum of money on his plane charters.
However, kudos still goes to Ong for going ahead with the PKFZ disclosure. The culprits must be brought to justice.