Phang: MACC Must Step up Probe

30 December 2009

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From The Star Online

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must step up its probe against those who had benefited from the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal, said Social Care Foundation chairman Tan Sri Robert Phang.

He said the multi-billion ringgit PKFZ fiasco had evolved into an issue that would affect the Government and the nation’s integrity in the international economic arena.

“The Government, therefore, must allow the police or the commission to take appropriate action against anyone, including those holding high office,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Phang said that given the public and international interest in the PKFZ issue, the police and the commission must get to the bottom of the allegations hurled against a deputy minister.

Last week, MCA Youth chief and Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong denied any link to the PKFZ project.

However, he has admitted that his former company Hijau Sekitar Sdn Bhd provided consultancy work on Port Klang.

Phang said the police or the commission must investigate any allegations or evidence that arose without fear or favour.

“Failure to do so is a disservice to the Government’s image and battle against corruption.” he added.

The society would be affected by the gloomy investment climate in the country, caused by a loss in confidence in those tasked with upholding justice.

He said Dr Wee would be an important and useful witness in the investigation.

He described Dr Wee’s statement on the PKFZ issue as contradictory and misleading.

“Bees don’t gather in a garbage dump, they are attracted to anything sweet and fragrant.

“I wonder why private companies carried out the survey on the port and not the Port Klang Authority,” said Phang.

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