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Chan Kong Choy on-the-run again

November 20, 2007

 

Outside the 512 Gudang, PKFZ

Chan Kong Choy ran away again! He certainly have no answers for the Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang on the subject of RM4.6 billion PKFZ scandal. The only way out (at least temporary) for him was to run away to London.

Chan also run away from the Rawang people on the issue of high tension transmission towers. He promised to bring the matter to the Cabinet after much pressure from us; more than a month now but nothing has come out from the Cabinet.

Media Conference Statement by Parliamentary Opposition Leader and DAP MP for Ipoh Timur Lim Kit Siang in Parliament on Tuesday, 20th November 2007:

2008 Budget Committee stage debate on Transport Ministry should be stood down until Chan Kong Choy returns from London next week or this is evidence of the Transport Minister on-the-run to escape accountability for the RM4.6 billion Port Klang Free Zone bailout scandal

I was surprised to read a Bernama report last night that the Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy has left for London to attend the 25th International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Assembly and will not be back until later next week.

My immediate reaction is that the Transport Minister is on-the-run from Parliament to escape accountability for the RM4.6 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) bailout scandal, as the committee stage debate on the Transport Ministry for the 2008 Budget is scheduled for this Thursday or latest by Monday – when Chan will still be in London.

This is most irresponsible, as Chan knows that the PKFZ scandal will feature prominently in the debate on the Transport Ministry as for the past three months of the parliamentary meeting, no satisfactory answer had been given to the many issues and questions which I had raised repeatedly about the PKFZ scandal.

In fact, last Monday in Parliament during the committee stage debate on the Finance Ministry, I had posed the specific question as to why the government was “on-the-run” on the RM4.6 billion PKFZ scandal.

I had protested that government ministers were kicking the issue of the RM4.6 billion PKFZ scandal from one Ministry to another, evading accountability by refusing to give a direct answer to many pertinent questions which I had posed – with the ball being kicked among the Prime Minister’s Department, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transport with no one wanting to give a proper answer.

I had even simplified the questions on the PKFZ scandal which cry out for answer, viz:

1. Was it true that when the Port Klang Authority and the Transport Ministry insisted on buying the 1,000 acres of Pulau Indah land for PKFZ at RM25 psf on a “willing buyer, willing seller” basis, in the face of strong objection by the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Treasury which had recommended that the land be acquired at RM10 psf, the Cabinet had given its approval subject to two conditions: (i) categorical assurance by the Transport Minister that the PKFZ proposal was feasible and self-financing and would not require any public funding; and (ii) that every RM100 million variation in the development costs of PKFZ would require prior Cabinet approval.
2. In the event, the first condition was breached when the PKFZ project ballooned from RM1.1 billion to RM4.6 billion requiring government intervention and bailout while the second condition was breached with the original PKFZ development costs of RM400 million ballooning to RM2.8 billion without any prior Cabinet approval ever been sought for every RM100 million increase in development costs.

3. The Transport Minister had unlawfully issued four Letters of Support to Kuala Dimensi Sdn. Bhd (KDSB), the PKFZ turnkey contractor – to raise RM4 billion bonds, which were regarded as government guarantees by the market. The Transport Minister had no such powers to issue financial guarantees committing the government, as it could only be issued by the Finance Minister and only after Cabinet approval. The first Letter of Support was issued by the former Transport Minister, Tun Dr. Ling Liong Sik on May 28, 2003, which was Liong Sik’s last day as Transport Minister while the other three were issued by Kong Choy.

4. Whether it wasn’t true that in recognition that the four unlawful “Letters of Support” of the Transport Minister had nonetheless given implicit government guarantee to the market that the Cabinet had in mid-year to give retrospective approval for the unlawful and unauthorized four Letters of Support by the Transport Ministers in the past four years creating RM4.6 billion liability for the government in the bailout of PKFZ.

5. Why no action had been taken against the Transport Minister, both Liong Sik and Kong Choy, as well as the government officials responsible for the unlawful issue of the four “Letters of Support”. Kong Choy had said that he did not know that he had no power as Transport Minister to issue such Letters of Support, Was this an acceptable explanation for getting the government embroiled in the RM4.6 billion PKFZ scandal?

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Nazri Aziz had said that questions on the PKFZ scandal should rightly be answered by the Transport Minister.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Finance Ministry, Datuk Seri Dr. Hilmi Yahya when pressed on the issue last Monday, asked that he be allowed to answer by way of written reply. When asked when the written reply would be given, he declined to give any firm date on the ground that a proper study had to be done. When I persisted in asking whether an answer could be forthcoming in a week’s time, as this was not a new issue and had been raised for over two months, Hilmi said he would try.

More than a week had passed and I have not yet received any written reply from Helmi, while Chan has run away to London on the pretext of attending the International Maritime Organisation meeting in London.
Chan should be reminded that while his international commitments are important, they should not be allowed to overshadow his responsibilities to Parliament and Malaysians as Transport Minister.

After all, if Chan is not Transport Minister, he would be nothing in the International Maritime Organisation! This is why he must not forget his roots by running away from his primary responsibilities to Parliament and Malaysian taxpayers to evade answer and accountability for the biggest financial scandal in the Abdullah premiership.

If Chan feels that it is very important that he should attend the International Maritime Organisation conference in London which clashes with the parliamentary schedule for the Transport Ministry in the committee stage debate on the 2008 Budget, he could easily ask for the debate on the Transport Ministry to be changed to a later date when he is back from the London Conference.

Chan must stand accused of using the International Maritime Organisation conference in London as an excuse to run away from Parliament and escape accountability for the PKFZ scandal in the 2008 Budget committee stage debate on the Transport Ministry, especially as Chan’s role in the RM4.6 billion PKFZ bailout scandal is a major and central one.

I have given notice of a RM10 cut motion for the salary of Chan as Transport Minister over his major role in the RM4.6 billion PKFZ scandal – and it will be the height of Ministerial irresponsibility and parliamentary cowardice for Chan to run away to London when the Transport Ministry comes up for debate on Thursday or Monday.

I have written a strong protest to the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Nazri Aziz, who is in charge of parliamentary affairs for the Cabinet over the absence of Chan in the debate on the Transport Ministry and to ask that the debate of the Transport Ministry should be stood down until Chan has come back from London to “face the music” over the RM4.6 billion PKFZ bailout scandal.

    Lim Kit Siang

国会反对党领袖兼民主行动党怡保东区国会议员林吉祥于2007年11月20日(星期二)在国会召开记者会发表的声明:

交通部的2008年度委员会阶段的预算案辩论应展期到陈广才下周从伦敦回国后才进行,否则这将成为证明交通部长在逃循,避免交待46亿令吉拯救巴生港口自由区计划丑闻之证据。

当我从马新社昨晚的报导中获悉交通部长拿督斯里陈广才已飞往伦敦出席第25届国际海洋组织大会,将在下周才回国时,我感到很惊讶。

我的首个反应是,交通部长在逃循,他要躲避而不交待46亿令吉拯救巴生港口自由区计划(PKFZ)的丑闻,因为交通部的2008年度委员会阶段的预算案辩论订在本周四或最迟下周一进行,而陈广才届时仍在伦敦。

这是极不负责任之举,因为陈广才知道,PKFZ丑闻将成为交通部辩论的焦点。在过去3个月的国会会议中,尽管我不断的提出这项丑闻,但许多相关的问题都未获得答案。

其实,上周一在国会的财政部委员会阶段辩论时,我就特别提问,为何政府在逃避PKFZ丑闻问题。

我抗议政府将此丑闻从一个内阁部门踢到另一个内阁部门,针对许多相当关键性的问题都顾左右而言他。这个球在首相署、财政部与交通部之间被踢来踢去,没有一个部门给予应有的答案。

我甚至将各项问题简化,即:

1. 巴生港务局及交通部是否真的尽管面对总检察长署及财政部的强烈反对,并建议以每平方尺10令吉价格徵用之下,仍然坚持在”买者愿买,卖者愿卖”的每平方尺25令吉价格下购买浮罗英达的1000依格土地供作PKFZ用途,而内阁已在两个条件下给予批准:(i)交通部长明确地保证PKFZ计划可行及自行融资,不会花半分钱公款;及(ii)PKFZ发展每增花1亿令吉,都必须先获得内阁的批准。

2.结果,首个条件已被违背,PKFZ的经费从11亿令吉暴涨至46亿令吉而需要政府拯救,而第2个条件也被违背,因为在没有每增加1亿令吉都须经过内阁核准程序下,PKFZ的原有成本额从4亿令吉暴涨至28亿令吉。

3.交通部长违法的发出4封信给PKFZ的总承包商Kuala Dimensi有限公司(KDSB),好让后者通过发出债券集资40亿令吉资金,这形同政府向市场作出担保。交通部长并没有权力作出政府的融资担保,只有财政部长在内阁核准后才能作出。首封支持信是由前交通部长拿督斯里林良实于2003年5月28日发出,当天是林良实担任交长的最后一天。其馀3封是由陈广才发出。

4.这4封交长发出的非法”支持信”仍获得政府的担保,因为内阁在年中以追溯方式核准了两名交长在过去4年里非法与未经授权发出的支持信,使政府为了拯救PKFZ而背负了46亿令吉债务,这种说法是否属实。

5.为何政府至今没对付这两名交长,即林良实及陈广才,以及其他涉及非法发出4封支持信的高官。陈广才说,他不知道交长无权发出这种支持信。这是否能作为政府卷入46亿令吉拯救PKFZ丑闻的借口?

首相署部长拿督斯里纳兹里说,PKFZ丑闻的问题最好由交长解答。

当财政部政务次长拿督斯里希尔米上周一在国会被询及有关问题时,要求以书面作答。当被询及将在何时给予书面答覆时,他没给一个肯定的日期,理由是需要时间研究。当我追问答案是否可以在一周内获得(因为这不是新的课题,而且已提出超过两个月时间)时,希尔米说他会设法。

一周时间已过去,我仍未接到希尔米的答覆,而陈广才却已躲到伦敦去,表面上是要到那里出席国际海洋组织大会。

陈广才应被提醒,履行国际任务固然重要,但身为交长的他,不应因此忽略了他对国会及国人的责任。

而且,如果他不是交长,他在国际海洋组织大会上只能靠边站!因此,他不应忘了本身的责任,不应为了逃避阿都拉政权下最大宗的金融丑闻之问责,而漠视对国会及大马纳税人应尽的责任。

如果陈广才认为,伦敦的大会很重要,必须出席,但又与交通部的辩论撞期,他大可要求将辩论展期至他回国后才进行。

否则的话,陈广才将面对借伦敦大会逃循的指责,即他要避开PKFZ丑闻的问责,尤其是他在丑闻中扮演主要的角色。

我已通知议长,将提呈要将交长陈广才减薪10令吉的动议,如果交通部的2008年度委员会阶段预算案辩论在本周四或下周一进行的话,将会是陈广才高度不负责任与不敢面对国会之举。

我已经致函给负责国会事务的首相署部长拿督斯里纳兹里,抗议陈广才缺席交通部的辩论,并要求将辩论展期到陈广才回国,要他亲自交待PKFZ丑闻的来龙去脉。

林吉祥

‘Runaway’ Chan under fire for missing PKFZ debate
Yoges Palaniappan
Nov 20, 07 2:54pm
Malaysiakini 

Parliamentary Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang today demanded for the committee stage of Supply Bill 2008 debate on Transport Ministry to be postponed until the transport minister returns from his foreign visit next week.

At a press conference held at the Parliament lobby today, an irate Lim said that Transport Minister Chan Kong Choy was on the run from parliament to escape accountability on the RM4.6 billion PKFZ scandal

Bernama reported yesterday that Chan has left for London to attend the 25th International Maritime Organisation (IMO) assembly and will not be back until later next week.

Lim described Chan’s visit as “most irresponsible” because he would still be in London when his ministry is scheduled to wind up the debate on Thursday or the latest by next Monday.

“Chan knows PKFZ scandal will feature prominently in the debate as for the past three months of the parliament sitting, no satisfactory answer had been given to the many issues and questions raised about the scandal,” he said.

“Last Monday, I had protested that government ministers were kicking the issue from one ministry to another, evading accountability by refusing to give a direct answer to many pertinent questions I had posed,” he added.

Answerable to parliament

“When pressed on the issue when the Finance Ministry was winding up the debate, the ministry’s parliamentary secretary Hilmi Yahaya asked that he be allowed to give a written reply.

“More than week has passed and I have yet to receive any written reply from Hilmi, while Chan has run away to London on pretext of attending the assembly.”

Lim reminded Chan that while his international commitments are important, they should not be allowed to overshadow his responsibilities to parliament and Malaysians.

He said Chan would be nothing in the IMO assembly if not for his position as the transport minister.

“This is why he must not forget his roots by running away from his primary responsibilities to parliament and Malaysian taxpayers to evade answer and accountability,” he said.

“If he (Chan) feels that it is important to attend the assembly, he could easily ask for the winding up of debate to be changed to a later date when he’s back from London.”

Lim also said that he had written a protest note to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Abdul Aziz, who is in charge of parliamentary affairs, over the absence of Chan.

Over-priced project

“I have asked for the winding-up debate by the Transport Ministry should be stood down until Chan has come back from London to face the music over the PKFZ scandal.”

Chan’s role in the grossly overpaid PKFZ project included issuing letters of support to contractor Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd to raise RM4 billion bonds.

The minister had no such powers to issue financial guarantees committing the government, as it could only be issued by the Finance Minister after cabinet approval.

After a litany of complaints ranging from mismanagement and inflated financial costs, the government said that it would give a soft loan to Port Klang Authority to ensure the success of the PKFZ project.

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AAB’s 83 overseas trips in 44 months as PM

June 28, 2007
Yes, the PM should stay back to fight corruption, instead of spending too much time overseas. He aslo fails to bring investments back to Malaysia.

PM takes ‘too many’ overseas trips
Bede Hong
Jun 28, 07 4:55pm
Malaysiakini
Opposition Leader Lim Kt Siang has criticised Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for making over 80 official visit overseas since coming to office, saying the premier’s time should have been better spent fight corruption back home.Lim said Abdullah should spend more time in the country to ensure his trips abroad “do not result in the neglect of his duties” as prime minister, internal security minister and finance minister.In a written reply to Fong Po Kuan (DAP-Batu Gajah), the Foreign Ministry reported that the premier went on 83 official and work-related visits overseas over a period of three years and eight months.

Abdullah made 22 trips in 2004, 25 in 2005, 20 in 2006 and 16 in 2007. His most recent visits were to Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Italy.

“One message from the answer is that Abdullah has not only three portfolios … he has a fourth portfolio as the travelling de facto foreign minister,” Lim told a press conference in Parliament lobby today.

Lim said Abdullah should “revamp his time-management” and focus on fulfilling his 2004 general election pledge to create a cleaner, more efficient government.

“The most important agenda of the Abdullah Administration to wipe out corruption has fizzled out, highlighted by the ignominious dismissal of the Eric Chia corruption case,” said Lim.

Chia, a tycoon charged with running steel company Perwaja in the 1990s, was the first public figure charged for graft in February 2004.

Long list of failures 

Abdullah had made pledges to fight corruption and cronyism as part of his campaign drive in early 2004. Chia was acquitted by the High Court on Tuesday on charges that he allegedly misappropriated RM74.6 million.

Lim added that Malaysia has dropped rank in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index from 37th to 44th placing from 2003 to 2006 and that the country’s crime rate has soared since Abdullah took office.

He said the recommendations by the Royal Police Commission to set up the IPCMC was ignored.

“Such a list of failures of the Abdullah premiership stems from the hopes and expectations he has raised when he became prime minister … will be quite a long one.

“It will include setbacks to nation-building process arising from worsening religious polarisation because of the lack of political will and leadership to restore inter-religious dialogue as in the first three decades of nationhood,” he said.

Lim Kit Siang nabbed at the airport

June 28, 2007

LKS Series # 3

 

Dear Sir

 Re: Hello Lim Kit Siang. (28  years old). On 13th May 1969, where art thou? 

The 1969  May 13th   racial riots started from the house of  the then Menteri Besar, Dato Harun Idris. The house was in Princes Road ( Jalan Raja Muda). Half a kilometre away, at Fook Chuen Mansions, Batu Road ( Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman ) was the office of the then Secretary General of the Democratic Action Party, Mr Goh Hock Guan.*. He was and still is a Chartered Architect and Town Planner practising under the name of M/s Goh Hock Guan and Associates.

 

Prior to 13th May  1969, LKS  was a political  Liliputian. He was the DAP National  Organising Secretary and the Editor of The Rocket** then.  His first  political debut projected to the Malaysian public was his  participation in the “ Great Cultural Debate” between the DAP and the Gerakan which took place before the General Elections of 1969. At that point in time Gerakan was in the Opposition. After the 13th May riots, Gerakan joined the Alliance to form the Barisan, until today. The debate was held at the MARA Auditorium which was at Batu Road, Kuala Lumpur.

 

When the ethnic riots started on 13th May 1969,  LKS was in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. A political novice, untried with no credentials to back him up. He was campaigning for the independent candidates there. Fellow members of the DAP in Petaling Jaya called LKS on the phone asking him not to come back to Kuala Lumpur for his own safety until such a time when  things cooled down. (Official fiqures:190 plus, Malaysians killed.)

 

LKS in his maiden political quest for justice, freedom, upholding of democracy and an equal right to happiness, dignity and fulfillment in life,  was already under the “protective” custody of the KK police. He replied that he “ is going back to Kuala Lumpur immediately and is not afraid to DIE for his political convictions” — all for a better life for all Malaysians. There was no choice. He had to martyr himself. There was no alternative. However, in case his life was spared, LKS was prepared to face any charges that the Alliance Government will bring up and charge against him.

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Flights between East and West Malaysia was suspended.  Also at that point in time there was no direct flight between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. LKS took the first flight out of KK to Singapore en route to KL on 15th May 1969. He had to stopover in Singapore.  

When he was in Singapore, he had many friends and supporters to discuss the racial riots and its consequences on opposition members. Anything can happen. There was no guarantee on his safety. LKS was adamant that it was his sacred duty to go back to KL.

 

He took the first available flight to Subang International Airport ( now Sultan Abdul Aziz Airport ) on 18th May 1969. He boarded the plane at the Paya Lebar International Airport, Singapore The  plane took off for KL.

 

While airborne, all of a sudden, LKS found that he was now alone. Alone to face the music. He cannot turn back then, unless of course the pilot turned the plane around. Samuel Taylor Coleridge can describe him as:-

“Alone alone, all all alone

Alone on a wide wide sea

And never a saint took pity on his soul in agony” – in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

                                                                                  Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

The airborne mariner cannot change his mind then. Can he call for help? Call who? Call the CIA?. Call the FBI? Call the KGB?. Call MI 5?. Call OSS?. Call Chin Peng?. Call Chen Tian?. ( there were no mobile phones then)

 

Lim Kit Siang believed that he was going to be eliminated. On this last home coming  flight,   he  decided  to write a  last  letter to his wife – a homemaker. He asked his wife to be strong, to  expect  the EXPECTED and  to  bring up the four children.***.  To LKS, the demise of LKS is NOT important. The Political Future of Malaysians and the Future of Malaysia ARE of Paramount Importance. Malaysia MUST GO ON!  The letter was physically handed to the flight stewardess for posting. But it was without a stamp. Until today the letter was not delivered.  

The curfew was on. There were  lots of soldiers around the Subang Airport  then. They were there guarding the airport and to PROBABLY “welcome” home  in a formal reception “ceremony” for Mr Lim Kit Siang. All the soldiers’ SLR rifles were on a horizontal level. Their forefingers were just glazing the side of the trigger, in preparation to shoot at any time.

 

The moment of truth had arrived. The stage was set. The grand finale was about to begin. LKS came into  the arrival  hall. The atmosphere was unexceptionally quiet. Nobody was talking. The silence was deafening. It was tense and solemn because everybody were expecting the arrival of the Yang Berhormat,  the DAP MP for Bandar Malacca (now Kota Melaka). LKS was no fugitive. LKS, a young, non violent, non belligerent man, stepped out of the arrival hall. A group of Special Branch Officers  and soldiers with their horizontal SLRs “greeted” him. LKS need not hail a taxi for his transport to KL. There were no taxis anyway. There was also NO shooting.

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On his journey to the High Street Police Station, LKS saw for himself the senseless carnage, atrocities, plunder and destruction. Smoke can still be seen from houses which were torched. After a few days of detention in the High Street Police Station, LKS was  sent   to a Police Station in Kuala Selangor, Selangor. 

                   

Prior to 13-05-69, Dato Dr Ismail (later Tun), left the Government. He joined back the Government immediately after 13-05-69. The first words he said was “Democracy is Dead”.  As the Minister of Internal Security, Dato Ismail signed the Detention Order on LKS. LKS was then sent to the Muar Detention Camp. He was entitled to free food and lodging for the next 18 months at taxpayers’ expense. Ironically, Muar was 32 miles away from LKS home. His house is in Batu Pahat,  Johore

The Internal Security Act is an Act of Parliament formulated to suppress the communist insurgency and to arrest the communists at that period of time. Ironically, the PAP’s ( later DAP) Member of Parliament for Bungsar (now Bangsar) , Mr Devan Nair supported the ISA Bill earlier then.****. It is detention without trial.

 

While under detention LKS was appointed the 3rd  National Secretary General of the DAP (in absentia). There was a vacancy. The appointment was necessary because somebody had  disappeared  but  can be found in another country. He stayed put in that country then. “ I am NO LIM KIT SIANG.  If  I  go back  then,  all of you will be deprived of a Great Leader”.    The vacancy was filled. LKS  held  the  post of  National Sec-Gen  till 1999.

 

LKS could have absconded while in Singapore. ( Singapore was given independence by Malaysia in 1965). He could have asked for political asylum in another country. He could have been an MP in exile. He was and is a true loyal Malaysian Citizen. With guts, he went back to the hornet’s nest – “a river of no return”,  says Marilyn Monroe. Sorry. My apologies. He was and is  still in one piece. He was never charged in open court then. He will still be around for many years to come.

 

Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste of death but once”—Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare

Again sorry lah Kit, (as he is fondly known as).  We do realise that, the particular effective organ that is part of your anatomy is your gift of  the gap – a non lethal instrument. Now we know you are battle hardened. In spite of your tireless, relentless political pursuit, vocal, articulate or otherwise, until today, matters have become from bad to worst. True, “That All Men Are Born Equal but then some selectives are more equal than others—Abraham Lincoln’s version for  2nd class citizens.

 

LKS was again detained, the 2nd time in 1987, (after the 1986 General Election)  under the Mahathir Administration. He got free curry lunch, lodging, bed and breakfast again for another 18 months, on the auspicious pleasure of the host — the Barisan Government ala taxpayers. Again  no charges were brought against him. Can somebody name me a similar Malaysian likewise?

                                                                 

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Somebody say LKS only NATO ( No action, talk only). If that is the case, let him talk! We like to hear him talk. Why detain him to stop him from talking? You are hitting below the belt. Do you want him to talk on what you like to hear and then stop him from talking on what you don’t like to hear? But at the same time you go on talking and talking on what we don’t like to hear! (Editor: hahah…that’s a good one! )

 

Finally, a belated sincere tribute must be made to the powers that be, at that critical, predatory point of time. LKS’s life was spared. The expected was not performed. The expected was unexpected – so to speak! Had LKS, the political apprentice left us to join the happy hunting ground, he will be forgotten. Nobody will raise an eyelid after all:-

                                                                      

“When beggars die, no comets are seen.

The heavens blaze forth the marriage of princes  Julius Caesar,  William Shakespeare’s

                                                                                 modern version

The powers that be was still rational then. Maybe its was mercy.

  

The quality of mercy is not strained

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven

The Merchant of Venice. William Shakespeare                                                           

                                                                      

So to the players of  May the 13th, I am wishing a belated words of  thanks. To Whom It May Concern.  Thank You Very Much  for the fact that we still have LKS around. Say what we like. We argue.  We are all still Malaysian Citizens. We are born here. Do you want to deprive LKS  of his citizenship like Mr Lim Lean Geok ? By the way LKS is local born and can be classified as a Baba and his wife a Nonya. He is more Malaysian than  a bigger number of Malaysians put together!

Finally, we reiterate that we are all peace loving citizens. Some say we are citizens “by default”. This is subjective and debatable. Supposing we ARE citizens by default, we are still citizens, maybe 2nd class citizens or otherwise.

 

To all Malaysian mankind:-

He loveth best, who loveth best, both man and bird and beast.

He loveth well, who loveth well, for all things both great and small

For the dear God who loveth us, he made and loveth all.”  

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s moral message to humanity especially to Malaysian humans.                                                                                              

The writer notes that after the riots of 13th May 1969, the Deputy Prime Minister, Dato Abdul Razak (later Tun) set up  The National Operations Council. Parliament was suspended after all “Democracy is Dead”. Looking after this NOC, was Dato Ghazali Shafie (later Tun).                                                             4

Incidentally, the 3rd man in ranking, in  the  NOC  then, was a slim, serious, handsome, no nonsense looking man – a politically unknown then.  He was probably the “executive secretary” of the NOC. He literally commanded the day to day operations of the NOC —  hands on. He was already a “Chief Executive Officer” and “Prime Minister” then, way back during 1969.  He looked familiar and was identical  towards  a former school mate of mine from my Alma Mater : Methodist Boys School, Penang. My school mate’s  name was and is Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

 

Lastly, to all the participants of May the 13th that are not indicted including Lim Kit Siang. All are still executives of  liberty,  happy,  free from all encumbrances and despotic control. All will live happily ever after including LKS.

                                                                    

* Mr Goh Hock Guan was the 2nd DAP Secretary General (1968 to 13th May 1969). Mr Goh’s  sister, Ms Phyllis Goh was an architect undergraduate then and was a college mate of the writer.

In 1969, the writer was staying above the office of M/s Goh Hock Guan & Associates at Fook Chuen Mansions at Batu Road, Kuala Lumpur. He had a 1st Class ring side seat cum an On Line, Real Time bird’s eye view of the May 13th story.

   

** Lim Kit Siang was the 1st DAP National Organising Secretary and Editor of The Rocket. (1966 to 1969).

Lim Kit Siang was appointed the 3rd  DAP Secretary General (1969 – 1999) – the longest serving DAP Sec Gen.

   

*** As at 13th May 1969, Lim Kit Siang has four children then. The eldest is a son 9 years old then. He is Lim Guan Eng,  the  present day  Secretary General of the DAP.  An Australian Graduate of  Monash University, he is an Accountant by profession.

 

The second child is a daughter. She was 7 years as at 13th May 1969. She hold a double degree – in law and in accountancy.

 

The third child is also a daughter. She was 6 years old as at 13th May 1969. She is a B.A degree holder.

 

The last and fourth child is a son. He was 3 years old as at 13th May 1969. He is a heart specialist. A few years ago, I understand that he was attached to the IJN (Institut Jantung Negara) as a cardiologist.

                                                                       5

     

****

PAP is the People’s Action Party of Singapore which was already ruling Singapore in 1964.

                                                                 

Mr Devan Nair was  born in Malacca on the 8th of August 1923. He was the main organizer and founder of the DAP. Naturally he became the 1st Secretary General of the DAP ( 1966 – 1968). He stood as a PAP ( later DAP) candidate in Bungsar in the 1964 General Election. Winning this Bungsar seat, he became the Member of Parliament for PAP in  the 1964 – 1969 parliamentary session. From 1981 to 1985 he was appointed  the President of Singapore. Dr Chen Man Hin, the present day DAP Life Advisor said “ Without him the DAP may not be born”.

 

The writer at 18 years old, campaigned for Mr Devan Nair during 1964 General Election. His son Janadas (now Ph D) recalled the days when he was small boy as at 1964. He remembered an incident when the writer was nearly apprehended by  the police when the writer put up a  2nd  political banner at the Railway Station  KL  prior to the 1964 General Elections. The setting up of the 1st banner was earlier accomplished at the flyover, beside the KL Railway Station. The banner says “ Vote  PAP – a  Non Communist  Democratic Socialist Party”. The writer then was able to outwit, out manoeuvre and  run away from the  police in  a  busy  KL  because he was young,  agile and  was on a portable bicycle! 

Dr Jana (as he is known to me) who is now residing in Canada. He was here  on  2006 during the DAP Devan Nair Memorial. We recalled the good old days.

 

The writer deliberately put in the names of the literary writers because of requests from the younger readers.

 

AKAN DATANG

Watch out for

1)  Dr Lim Kit Siang.

2) “Lim Kit Siang – 18 months after 13th May 1969” in the coming episodes.

3) Lim Kit Siang an opportunist and an agent of UMNO?

  

Yours truly,

  

James Bond Zero Zero One

Nazri’s behavior pathetic and roudy:Positive thinking doctor

June 26, 2007

Dear Malaysian,

 

I refer to the debate in parliament between Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Nazri and YB Lim Kit Siang on the subject of corruption. 

 

I had the occasion of sighting the video clip of this debate and to my dismay and disbelief  I found the Minister’s behaviour and performance absolutely pathetic and roudy as if he was in the company of some disorderly school children. This was how he addressed the members of the Yang Berhormats from the opposition party in Parliament.  He called them Ai! Ai! Rambut puteh! Rambut puteh!Bodoh! Bodoh! Bodoh! My college children had the misfortune of seeing the video clip and they themselves were shocked and asked me if this is how MP’s behave and act in parliament.

 

Now, Nazri, you must listen to me now and here. You have brought absolute ridicule to the Malaysian Parliament. You behaved as if you were a thug representing a group of unruly gangsters. To begin with, where are your manners? You called YB Lim Kit Siang ‘ bodoh bodoh bodoh,’ etc. Is that how you show respect to a senior, both in terms of age and someone who is one of the senior most politicians in Parliament ? Remember, he is also the head of the opposition in the Malaysian parliament.

Doesn’t that mean anything to you? 

Next, is that how you address Yang Berhormats in Parliament by calling them ‘rambut puteh’ and Ai! Ai! Ai! I call you ‘kurang ajar’ totally unfit to occupy the august house of the Malaysian Parliament. I feel sorry for you but you certainly reflect that of someone who is a badly brought up child either in your own home or in your school. Perhaps your teachers have failed to give you any moral training. 

 

I cannot imagine the taxes I pay is being used to maintain characters like you. Frankly, you were merely throwing tantrums around in the august House and to all the other elected law makers in the country and forgive me for my language but you appeared to me as if you were just admitted to the psychiatric ward with a mental disturbance with your laughter and giggles while debating.  You were not debating but you were merely yelling   You  kept saying ‘ikut pandangan saya’ there is no corruption. Your debate had no substance nor any form of logic to back your arguments. Is this how you participate in a debate? 

Secondary school children from  an average  school  in Malaysia can do better than you. I for one would not give you even 1 out of 10 in the form of markings.

 

What irritates me even further is that I have been told you are a law graduate. If that is so the case then I wonder what training you received in law school. It certainly does speak badly of your alma mater. If this is how you perform in court as a lawyer then I doubt you can win even a single case in court.

 

May I now ask you this. Is it your failure in your legal profession that prompted you to take a shot in politics? My God! Miss Molly! You seem to be wrecking this profession too. The profession of politics !! Remember, the profession of politics just like any other must be treated with decorum and decency. If the people that make up the profession acts with impunity, bad behaviour and devoid of any sensible and rational thinking then the profession would soon be dumped as a piece of rubbish. Then I would not want my money to be used to maintain such rubbish.

 

Now, I do not know whether you have reached a point of ‘beyond redemption’. This is for you to answer.

 

Having said what I wanted to say, but the responsibility now definitely rests in the hands of the Prime Minister. The PM must take the bull by the horns and carefully select every potential candidate to stand for elections. He must make a check list for himself. Every candidate must be fully scrutinized for his character of conduct, educational background, intellectual  excellence, family background, value for human dignity,  good mannerisms, innate desire to serve the public, plural racial spirit, and of course the ability to understand the complexities of legal enactments. They must be made subject to strict code of ethics in Parliament whether from the ruling party or from the opposition. There should be no room for prejudice or favouritism.

 

Finally, the Speaker of the Parliament session must be someone who can maintain the decency and respect in the conduct of the parliament debates.

 

Positive thinking doctor

IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHT:
You behaved as if you were a thug representing a group of unruly GANGSTERS.

IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHT:
Next, is that how you address Yang Berhormats in Parliament by calling them ‘rambut puteh’ and Ai! Ai! Ai! I call you ‘kurang ajar’ totally unfit to occupy the august house of the Malaysian Parliament.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
This is not the first time he did something like that. This is what we call the “Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!” incident.

Recognise his face first. Recognise the Man of “Many Calls”.

Picture link: http://202.188.124.43/berna…

Remember these?
1) The “Racist! Racist! Racist!” incident.

3 links: http://downthisvideo.com/ta…
http://www.youtube.com/watc…
http://prema.livejournal.co…

2) The “Jantan” incident

Link: http://www.jeffooi.com/2006…

I think if Nazri is “Jantan” he should fire Dr M instead of the other way round since it is Nazri himself who is not pleased.

3) The “Amok” incident.

Link: http://www.westernresistanc…

The only thing he hasn’t done is to lift up the keris, wave it around while repeating the words from item 1 to 3 plus the word “Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!”

Has anyone seen Monty Python?

Regards,
http://sagaladoola.blogspot…

 

PKFZ: DAP MPs seek meeting with PKA chairman Chor Chee Heong

June 24, 2007

港務局超出市價44%買地

林吉祥要求2週內解釋  GuangMing Daily

updated:2007-06-23 20:20:10 MYT

■林吉祥(右3)表示將會把問題呈上國會。右起鄭文福與陳彼得。(放大) (巴生訊)

針對港務局以超出市價44%的18億令吉買下西港約1000英畝的地段來發展巴生港口自由區計劃事件,國會反對黨領袖林吉祥要求直接涉案的3造,即交通部、港務局與發展商在兩週內作出解釋,同時,他也會把此課題呈上國會。

他說,根據調查,有關地點地價每方尺售14令吉,可是以10億令吉購買1000英畝地段,依推算每方尺值25令吉,購價比市價超出接近一倍。

 “此外,有關的發展經費也由原本的5億1900萬令吉,突然增加至13億令吉。” 他表示,這些無故增加的數據,不禁令人對此計劃起質疑。 他週六(23日)前往巴生港口自由區實地瞭解時,如是指出。

陪同者包括行動黨中委劉天球、雪州副主席陳彼得、州委鄭文福等。

林吉祥說,這項計劃耗費巨大,但從目前的發展看來,空置的工廠與貨倉,似乎與“價值”不符。 因此,他希望涉及這項計劃的人士,包括當年的交通部長敦林良實、現任港務局主席拿督曹智雄、現任交通部長拿督斯里陳廣才及有關發展商等,都應該站出來向社會大眾作出解釋。

此外,劉天球說,他們已針對有關問題兩度向警方報案,但至今仍未獲得回應。

他說,巴生港口自由區雖建竣工多年,但在啟用後卻沒有吸引太多投資者前來參與經濟活動,顯示這項發展猶如“白象計劃”。

“區內也設有512間貨倉作為轉運中心,但由於設計不符,空間狹小,以致毫無吸引力,至今僅有兩間貨倉啟用。”

(光明日報•2007.06.23)

高價購地設港口自由區
林吉祥促3造解釋

Sinchew Daily News

updated:2007-06-24 12:48:47 MYT



■林吉祥(中)實地巡視巴生港口自由區的發展近況。右起鄭文福與劉天球。左二為陳彼得。(放大)

(巴生訊)國會反對黨領袖林吉祥限定交通部、港務局與發展商,在兩個星期內,解釋高價購地設港口自由區的事件。

他說,港務局以超出市價44%的18億令吉,購下西港約1000英畝的地段,發展巴生港口自由區計劃。
他說,根據調查,上述地點地價每方尺售14令吉,可是上述高價則顯示每方尺值25令吉,購價比市價超出接近一倍。

“此外,發展經費也由原本的5億1900萬令吉,突然增加至13億令吉。”

他表示,如果三方無法作出解釋,他會把這課題帶上國會。

他是週六(23日)前往巴生港口自由區實地瞭解時,這樣指出。陪同者包括行動黨中委劉天球、雪州副主席陳彼得、州委鄭文福等。

兩次報案無回應

林吉祥說,這項計劃耗費巨資,但從目前的發展看來,空置的工廠與貨倉,似乎與“價值”不符。

此外,劉天球說,他們已針對上述問題,兩次向警方報案,但至今仍未獲得回應。 (星洲日報•2007.06.24)

PKFZ: Opposition Leader to raise hell at next Parliamentary session

June 23, 2007

 From Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang’s blog…

Port Klang Free Zone – Forlorn and pathetic air of another failed multi-billion ringgit mega-project

This morning, together with Ronnie Liu, Peter Tan, Tee Boon Hock and other DAP Klang leaders, I visited the multi-billion ringgit Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ), which has been shrouded in such secrecy despite being open to operation more than six months ago on November 1, 2006.

The PKFZ has the forlorn and pathetic air of another failed multi-billion ringgit mega project and Malaysiakini reporters Fauwaz Abdul Aziz and Sabrina Chan are right in coining the term “mega ghost-town” for it.

The PKFZ offers 512 standardised warehouse units, 260 ha of open land and four blocks of eight-storey office complexes. After seven months of opening, there are only signs of two of the 512 warehouse units being taken up but not yet utilized. The only company that has visible presence of operations is the Norwegian oil and gas company Aker Kvaerner. Otherwise, the 1,000-acre PKFZ is an expanse of empty office blocks, warehouse units and land blocks.

There is no vibration of activity or even sense of commercial life!

No wonder the authorities concerned were so upset when they received word that I was going to visit the Westports and a security detail was very rude in demanding to know what I was doing at PKFZ, inviting an earful as to why a visit by the Parliamentary Opposition Leader should be regarded as akin to trespass especially when Parliamentary sanction will have to be sought if there is to be a billion-ringgit bailout of the failed PKFZ.

Many questions swirl around the PKFZ for the past few years without answers, and it is time that the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s pledge to lead an open, accountable and transparent administration be respected by his subordinates, particularly the following personalities:

1. The Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy should explain

• the viability, feasibility and integrity of the PKFZ; and

• why he appointed MCA MP and former Deputy Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung as the new Port Klang Authority (PKA) Chairman in April when he should have known that there would be a conflict of interest situation in view of Chor’s position as Deputy Chairman of Wijaya Baru Global Bhd (WBGB), an associated company with Kuala Dimensi Sdn. Bhd., which sold the 1,000 acres of land for the PKFZ at the very inflated price of RM1.8 billion when it was bought for RM95 million and awarded a RM1.3 billion contract to develop the same piece of land.

2. The PKA Chairman Chor Chee Heung should explain whether he would relinquish either the post of PKA Chairman or Deputy Chairman of Wijaya Baru Global Bhd to resolve his conflict-of-interest.

3. The main beneficiary of the PKFZ mega-project, Datuk Tiong King Sing, the MP for Bintulu, should clear the air over the many questions about the mega-project right from the genesis of the project to its present day. Tiong had made a name for himself for demand for transparency and outspokenness against organised crime in Sarawak. He must show he is fully committed to transparency in the PKFZ deal, as he is the main mover of the project being the person behind Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd and Wijaya stable of companies, directly involved in the RM1.8 billion land sale to PKFZ and the RM1.3 billion contract to develop the land.

The PKFZ was touted as modeled after the successful Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai, to be the regional export and transshipment hub for manufactured goods. After expenditure of over RM3 billion ringgit, the PKFZ has nothing to show except “the forlorn and pathetic air of a failed mega-project”!

25 DAP MPs and “Shadow Cabinet” in 1986

June 10, 2007

LKS Series #2

 

10 June 2007

 

Dear Sir,

 Lim Kit Siang “dropped” from “Cabinet” Line Up 

Sunday 5th October 1986. DAP announced it’s “Cabinet Line Up” to the people of Malaysia. Lim Kit Siang, the Secretary-General was not in the list. No reasons were given. When the Press asked a spokeslady (in a wheelchair) from the Party as to why LKS was not considered for a “cabinet” post, they were asked to refer the matter to the CEC.  

Meanwhile the following “Ministers” with their respective “portfolios” were announced.

 

1)    Tanjong Aru MP, Heng Yick Yin, “Minister” of Culture, Youth and Sports.

2) Tawau MP, Samson Ching Chee Tsu, “Minister” of Energy, Posts and Telecommunications.

3)    Bandar Kuching MP,  Sim Kwang Yang,  “Minister” of Finance.

4)    Kampar MP  Ngoi Theam Woh, “Minister” of Health.

5)    Pasir Pinji MP Lau Dak Kee, “Minister” of Transport

6)    Batu Gajah MP, Ting Chek Meng. “Minister” of Public Works.

7)    Sungai Besi MP, Tan Kok Wai, “Minister” of  Social Welfare and Federal Territory.

8)    Petaling Jaya MP, Dr Eng Seng Chai “Minister” of Primary Industries.

9)    Puchong MP, Dr V. David, “Minister” of Labour and Human Resources.

10)  Seputeh MP, Liew Ah Kim, “Minister” of Housing and Local Government. 

11)  Bagan MP, Teoh Teik Huat, “Minister” of  Trade and Industries.

12)  Bayan Baru MP, Peter Paul Dason, “Minister” of Defence  .

13)  Bukit Bendera MP, Gooi Hock Seng, “Minister” of  Foreign Affairs.

14)   Seremban MP, Dr Chen Man Hin, “Minister” of  Education.

15)    Kepong MP, Dr Tan Seng Giaw, “Minister” of Agriculture

16)    Jelutong MP, Karpal Singh, “Minister” of Justice

17)    Bukit Bintang MP, Lee Lam Thye, “Minister” in the Prime Minister’s Department.

18)    Ipoh MP, P. Patto, “Minister” of Home Affairs.

19)    Bukit Mertajam MP, Chian Heng Kai, “Minister” National and Rural Development.

20)    Rasah MP, Hu Sepang, “Minister” of Information.

21)    Kota Melaka MP, Lim Guan Eng, “Minister” of Economic Affairs.

22)    Sandakan MP, Fung Ket Wing, “Minister” of Public Enterprises.

23)    Gaya MP, Math Lee Min, “Minister of Science, Technology and Environment.

24)       Sibu MP, Ling Sie Ming, “ Minister without  Portfolio”

  

Yours truly

Anonymous              

 Editor’s note: The posts of “prime minister”and “deputy prime minister” have not been named.

LKS Series #1: Lim Kit Siang, 26, NOS and The Rocket Editor

June 5, 2007

LKS      Series #1

 

5th June 2007

Dear Sir,

Re: Lim Kit Siang. 26 years old.

Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Organising Secretary and Editor of “The Rocket” was addressing camaraderie, members and well wishers on 18th August 1967 at a branch party meeting followed by  a dinner held at a restaurant at Magazine Road, George Town, Penang.

Explaining then, that the DAP is a non communist, democratic socialist political party, he said, “Democratic Socialism is an ideology and movement, committed to the enlargement of individual freedom by collective or social action, to provide for all an equal right to happiness, dignity and fulfillment in life.

Yours truly

Veteran J