13 January 2014

Isu PKFZ: Chan Kong Choy pula bebas dari tuduhan...

Bekas menteri pengangkutan Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy hari ini bebas dari tiga tuduhan menipu dalam skandal Zon Bebas Pelabuhan Klang (PKFZ) selepas pendakwaan menarik balik pertuduhan ke atasnya.

Ia susulan tindakan pihak pendakwaan yang membenarkan satu surat perwakilan oleh peguan Chan, Tan Hock Guan.

Tan dan pihak pendakwaan diketuai timbalan pendakwa raya Datuk Nordin Hassan bertemu dengan Hakim Datuk Zamani Abdul Rahman dalam kamar untuk memaklumkan kepada mahkamah mengenai perkara itu.

Mahkamah sebelum ini memutuskan untuk membebaskan menteri terdahulu, bekas presiden MCA Tan Sri Ling Liong Sik atas tuduhan menipu kabinet berhubung skandal berbilion ringgit itu.-malaysiakini

Former transport minister Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy was today acquitted of three counts of cheating former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in relation to the Port Klang Free Zone project.  – The Malaysian Insider pic, January 13, 2014.

Kong Choy walks free from PKFZ scandal...

Former transport minister and ex-MCA deputy president Chan Kong Choy was freed of three charges of cheating in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal after the prosecution withdrew the charges today.

This follows the prosecution allowing a letter of representation written by Chan's lawyer Tan Hock Chuan.

This was the second representation letter send to the Attorney-General’s Chambers, after the earlier one had been rejected. Normally a representation is sent to either reduce or drop the charge of an accused person.

The prosecution led by DPP Nordin Hassan and Tan met Judge Zamani Abdul Rahman in chambers to inform the court of the matter.

Asked to comment on this, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission head Abu Kassim Mohamed (right) said: "I just came to know but we have to look into it, why he was acquitted and all that.

"As the investigators, when we bring the case to DPP, the DPP will charge after they are satisfied with our investigation.

"I do not know, I cannot comment ... but for us every case, we have to look into it, why we lost and we have to find ways to make sure that in future we will win for other cases."

This is the second blow to the case after the ruling freeing Chan's predecessor and former MCA chief Dr Ling Liong Sik of cheating the cabinet over the billion ringgit scandal.

Chan, who was previously the MCA deputy president, was charged in 2011 with cheating then-premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in approving Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) as the turnkey developer for the RM1.9 billion transport hub in Pulau Indah Free Zone and renovation works at the Port Klang Free Zone.

The approval was given between 2004 and 2006 at the fourth floor of the Prime Minister’s Office, Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya.

Chan was allegedly have concealed that the project would be funded by KDSB bonds through Transhipment Megahub Berhad which was supported by himself as transport minister.

The former MCA deputy president was charged under Section 417 of the Penal Code that carries a jail term of five years or a fine or both, upon conviction.

Ling was acquitted by the Kuala Lumpur High Court last October with cheating the cabinet of RM750 million where the court found that the former MCA president could not be held responsible for preparing inaccurate cabinet papers.

The prosecution also decided that it was not appealing over Ling’s acquittal.-malaysiakini

The tragedy and farce that is the PKFZ


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