Malaysian Chinese Association president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat emerging from MACC office, Putrajaya.

Malaysian Chinese Association president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat emerging from MACC office, Putrajaya.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat was questioned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Thursday over the scandal-hit Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project and allegations that he had received RM10 million from the project’s turnkey contractor.

“I’m here to assist the MACC in their investigations,” said the MCA president.

Today is the first time that Ong is called up by the MACC over the two issues.

His political aide, Simon Lim, said Ong spent three hours at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya, from 10am to 1pm.

PKFZ chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said yesterday that he had been asked twice by the MACC to assist in investigations into the PKFZ controversy.

Tiong had claimed that he gave RM10 million to Ong last year for MCA activities.

The MCA president had denied the allegation and followed up with a police report and a RM500 million suit against Tiong.

Earlier, three MCA officials, including party treasurer Tan Sri Tee Hock Seng, were quizzed by the MACC on the money allegation.

The PKFZ controversy arose after its development cost rose from RM2.5 billion to RM4.6 billion.

Datuk Lee Hwa Beng, chairman of the Port Klang Authority (PKA), which owns the project, had lodged a police report over billing discrepanies of between RM500 million and RM1 billion. — BERNAMA