This will be Part Three - The Political Cost of PKFZ transparency
A man who is at the peak of his career as Minister and President of the largest Chinese based organization in Malaysia, will he stir the hornet's nest by going transparent and open if he knows that the bees will sting him in the end which might spell the end of his career ?
Only a senile man will do so and definitely not the President of MCA. Read this good article : Tough times call for tough measures
Since the very beginning, the Malaysian Chinese Association President Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat held on firmly to his pledge that the Ministry of Transport will come clean, open and transparent in the case of PKA - PKFZ project.
Never once was anything hidden or shrouded in secrecy. Never once was there any attempts to sweep the case under the carpet. Never once was there any procedures to seal and close the case under the Official Secrets Act.
It is indeed a big political cost now. Many toes were stepped on in the PKFZ expose and this has been exploited in a move to remove Tee Keat.
Tee Keat also failed to check that many MCA members and leaders merely sat at the sidelines - watching Tee Keat going "all in" alone.
No one in MCA stated their stand on the PKFZ issue. Ask those who are in the headlines today that claim they are out to save MCA.
Ask people like Dr Chua, members of the Central Delegates EGM Action Committee, Save MCA Movement etc.
- What is your stand on the PKFZ matter ?
- Will MCA - who holds the Transport Ministry portfolio in Barisan Nasional - continue to be transparent and accountable in the PKFZ issue ?
- Has Tee Keat not laid the foundations of good governance, accountability and integrity ?
- What have you done for the Party when the institution was accused by the people and by fellow BN members for having a hand in the PKFZ scandal ?
- Over the past few months when MCA battled for their image and reforms, everyone kept quiet and some continue to ridicule the efforts of Tee Keat instead of pushing the message of reforms. Why suddenly now many found their voices ?
These are asked because as a Malaysian in the new political age and philosophy, reading RPK's latest article - The Inconvenient Truth About Why Chua Soi Lek Was Sacked - is making many worried.
Regardless of the credibility of that article - which Dr Chua Soi Lek's camp have yet to response to - we all must consider the path MCA wants to walk down.
Are we for short term gains or long term success ?
My say ? Tee Keat has done no wrong as Minister of Transport - representing MCA in the Cabinet.
Only Tee Keat stood up and corrected the wrong, tell the wrong and fought to redeem the Malaysian Chinese Association not only in the Coalition but also in the eyes of the people.
This is what we call - CHANGE.
April 29, 2009
Tee Keat: PKFZ report out in a week
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said today he has ordered the Port Klang Authority (PKA) to release the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) report which was commissioned last May after explanations by former Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy failed to satisfy the public.
May 28, 2009
PKFZ audit report now online; 20 key issues
The release of the report was a clear instruction from Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, said PKA chairman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng at a press conference in the PKA office here Thursday. “I was also instructed to hand the report over to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. I’ll be there tomorrow at 8am,” he said, adding that this was because PKA does not have any investigative authority.
July 1, 2009
Tee Keat will comply with PAC summons over PKFZ
Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said today that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has the power and right to call anyone to give an explanation regarding the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) RM12.5 billion scandal. “If I am called then of course I will comply. That was my promise and the promise will be fulfilled,” he said.
July 08, 2009
No Proof Yet Of Irregularities In PKFZ Issue : MB
Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim Wednesday said there had not been any proof that showed there had been any irregularities in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project. He said it was his opinion that what happened was that the Port Klang Authority (PKA) was not experienced in managing the free zone and needed to be responsible for the investments made.
July 17, 2009
Ong reveals big hurdle in revealing report
POWERFUL forces are trying to stop Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat from revealing the Pricewaterhouse-Coopers (PwC) report on Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ). Ong said some in the Government also opposed the report being made public. He said there was even a message from an underground figure saying that if he suddenly “disappeared from this world one day”, he should know what brought it about.
July 22, 2009
PKFZ: Letters of support made public
According to PKA chairman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng, the decision to post the appendices on the website is in line with Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat’s stance on transparency and accountability. "Under the minister's instruction, the PKA has put the report online and allowed the public to view the appendices," he said, adding that he hoped the issue of MPs not receiving the full report would to an end.
July 26, 2009
Ong: MCA has never been involved in PKFZ
“If any individual from MCA, irrespective of his position, was involved in his individual or personal capacity in such a debacle, he should subject himself to public scrutiny and investigations conducted by the authorities concerned. I did it in the interest of the people and I believe the truth must prevail."
July 26, 2009
PKFZ – only the truth matters
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has made two startling statements over the past few weeks. First, he revealed that companies and individuals had collaborated to stop him from disclosing the audit report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) issue.
August 12th, 2009
Tiong claims RM10 million donation paid in cash to Tee Keat
Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing claims the RM10 million donation he made last year to MCA via Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat was paid in three separate cash installments. According to a report in this evening’s China Press, Tiong claimed he could also summon a witness to prove that Ong had asked him for the donation.
August 13, 2009
MCA president: Duo trying to divert people’s attention from issue
“If indeed I have received pecuniary and financial benefits for myself or the party, there will be more reasons for me to protect the interests of the givers, as opposed to proceeding to expose their misdeeds.
“By doing so, I am risking my personal and family safety as well as my own credibility,” Ong, who is MCA president, wrote in his blog www.ongteekeat.net.
(Credits to Malaysiakini, The Nut Graph & The Star for the photos)