Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, Bintulu MP and the chief executive officer (CEO) of Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) yesterday filed second suit against Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, the Port Klang Authority (PKA) and its chairman for abuse of power in the Port Klang Free Zone PKFZ) scandal, reported New Straits Times.
The suit, filed on Thursday at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, claimed that Ong, the PKA and its chairman, Datuk Lee Hwa Beng, had overstepped their authority by publishing the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report on PKFZ.
KDSB deputy chief executive officer Datuk Faizal Abdullah said the (PwC) report had caused “irreparable damage” to his company.
“All this would not have been necessary or could have been avoided ifwe were called by the representatives or consultants of PwC to explain or defend or justify the findings in the Position Review Report,” he said.
This is the second suit filed by KDSB after it filed a libel suit against PKA, in its capacity as the owner of PKFZ, and PwC over the latter’s report on the project.
The first suit claimed the report had damaged KDSB’s credibility by insinuating it was an unscrupulous company that had overcharged the PKA in land purchase and construction costs.
Faizal said the company also had every right to have equal access to the findings of the PKFZ special task force, currently being used by the Public Accounts Committee(PAC) to investigate the scandal.
He added that they were never invited to meet with the task force, as claimed by Lee, to defend themselves in the investigations. Faizal stressed that it was only fair for them to have a copy of the task force findings so they know what allegations were being levelled against them.
“Right now, we don’t know what they are talking about because we don’t know the contents of the report.
“We won’t simply comment on the subject until we actually know what it is about.
“We have to be professional, but it seems they are not being professional about it,” he said.
Faizal said they are contemplating getting a court order to secure a copy of the task force report. KDSB is also discussing with its legal advisers on whether or not they will attend next week’s PAC meeting.
The company received a letter from the PAC on Aug 19 to give their account on the scandal but Faizal said they are worried it may be considered subjudice.
“The issue has already gone to court so if we continue to talk about it publicly, it may be considered contempt of court … we will make a decision soon,” he said.