Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants both the parties who are embroiled in a dispute over the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) issue to resolve the matter amicably.
The deputy prime minister said quarreling in the open would not only affect the Barisan Nasional’s (BN) chances in the Permatang Pasir state by-election but also mar the image of the government and its leaders.
“It’s better for them to resolve the matter amicably,” he told reporters after visiting the Bukit Kepong town, and meeting the residents in the area on Thursday.
PKFZ, an integrated 400ha free commercial and industrial zone adjacent to Port Klang which houses various facilities such as warehouse, buildings and a four-star hotel, is embroiled in controversy after it was revealed that the cost of development has shot up from RM2.5 billion to RM4.6 billion.
The Port Klang Authority (PKA) has lodged a police report after a task force set up to investigate the controversy found billing discrepancies of between RM500 million and RM1 billion to Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd, the turnkey contractor of the project and BTA Architects, the project’s development contractor.
Kuala Dimensi chief executive officer Datuk Tiong King Sing, meanwhile, claimed that he gave RM10 million in donation to MCA through MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat last year.
Ong denied the claim and said he would take legal action against Tiong. Muhyiddin said he would leave it to both leaders to sort out the matter.
“It’s not for me to teach them… they are grown-ups and also leaders of political parties,” he said, adding that he would not stop any party from proceeding with their action because it was their right to do so.
Muhyiddin also said that the PKFZ controversy was a major issue which attracted the attention as well as speculation among the people.
Meanwhile, the deputy prime minister wanted community leaders to take the cue from government leaders and carry out their own “walkabout” sessions.
He said that the approach was not just about meeting the grassroots, but also about helping them to solve problems.
“If we can continue to do this, the people will be convinced of our resolve to help them,” he said. — BERNAMA