There is no need for the federal government to issue a white paper on the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal, says Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Chua Tee Yong.
Prosecuting those involved was better than producing a white paper, Chua told a press conference at the MCA headquarters today.
“We have taken the issue to court, which is better than issuing a white paper because the court will rectify the things,” he said.
Earlier, he was pushing for a white paper on Talam Corp debt restructuring exercise.
Does Chua really understand the importance of a white paper? A white paper is a comprehensive, objective and credible report on an issue and help to propose the best solution to resolve a problem.
In the case of NFC, the court merely delivers verdict on the accused. It does not help to provide a solution to recover the debt, to improve government's oversight mechanism and to restore a lack of governance. It is a duty for Chua and his ministry's to explain and to find a solution to the problem.
In his statement, it appears that Chua is harping on a different set of standards for Pakatan but refuses to follow what he preaches. By doing so, he is definitely not doing the right thing to help his own political career. Credibility comes from being consistent and principled.
Chua is silent on allegations that his party was allocated cheap land by the past BN led Selangor state government. According to Pakatan's Ng Suee Lim, the land was "sold" as RM1 per sqft to BN component parties including MCA which was allocated three pieces of land.
Perhaps it is time for Chua to understand the merit of being consistent and credible. Leaders must be both consistent and credible to command respect and support from the public.
Chua should still take up the challenge to debate DAP's Tony Pua on the Talam issue. It might help to redeem his political career if he performs credibly in the debate.