I had a chance to peruse through the book today available at Popular Bookstore, in ParkCity Mall. When asked how many of the book been sold in Bintulu, a lady manning the counter simply said ‘it’s good, but can’t tell you the exact figure’.
In the book foreword Kit Siang, wrote:
The RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) Rip-off, which I have described the “scandal of scandals”, is a test case of accountability, integrity and good governance in Malaysia half a century after independent nationhood, particularly after the political tsunami of the March 8, 2008 general elections.
Are Malaysians prepared, as in the past three decades, to accept with a shrug of the shoulder the litany of financial scandals and corruption which had plunged Malaysia’s ranking in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index from No. 23 in 1995 to No. 37 in 2003 when Datuk Seri (now Tun) Dr. Mahathir Mohamed stepped down and sliding further to No. 47 in 2008 at the end of the short-lived premiership of Datuk Seri
(now Tun) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi?
Unraveling the PKFZ scandal is still a work-in-progress, testifying to the herculean efforts needed to promote a culture of accountability, integrity and good governance in Malaysia. For this purpose, a website http://pkfz.blogspot.com/ has been created which you should visit and play active part.
This publication covers three parts of the DAP battle to hold the PKFZ scandal to public account:
(i) My speeches (including Parliament) and statements during the tenure of Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy as Transport Minister from August 2007; Mother of All Scandals
(ii) Those from April 2008 to May 2009 during DatukOng Tee Keat’s first year as Transport Minister; and
(iii) From 28th May 2009, when the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) audit Report on PKFZ was finally made public till 15th June 2009.
There have been daily speeches/statements on the PKFZ scandal since June 15 but they will have to await a new publication.
I hope that this publication will help to create greater national consciousness and pressure for the full accounting of the PKFZ “mother of all scandals”.
Lim Kit Siang, the opposition party DAP supremo and also Ipoh Timur was instrumental in bringing to the light the scandal surrounding PKFZ.