Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 05:18:53 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Fri, Aug 14 2009 8:18 pm
Subject: Sack Incompetent MACC Chief!
Dato' Sri Haji Ahmad Said bin Hamdan probably has the hottest seat in
MACC Chief Commissioner, Dato' Sri Haji Ahmad Said bin Hamdan should
be sacked for demonstrating sheer incompetence in the investigations
over the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) RM12.5 billions scandal.
The PKFZ special taskforce which was set up only in June 2009 has
within a period of 3 months determined with strong evidence of about
RM1 billion in fees charged by PKFZ developer, Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd
(KDSB) “to be either over-charged, unsubstantiated or even possibly
fraudulent”. This amount which is described by the taskforce as “the
tip of the iceberg” constitutes nearly 30% of the overall project cost
of RM3.522 billion, excluding interest costs.
The scandal includes possible fraudulent claims on electrical
infrastructure worth RM55.8mil and 33kv supply works and civil
infrastructure works worth RM83mil which were never carried out. No
documents and justifications were also provided for more than RM550
million in charges and variation orders.
Despite the fact that the first Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) report
which was made way back in December 2004, and as many as 3 further
subsequent reports were made with regards to PKFZ by Ronnie Liu on
various corruption, abuse of power and mismanagement allegations, the
ACA and subsequently, MACC has found absolutely nothing worthy of
detailed investigation on the project and closed all the above files.
Even after the chairman of Port Klang Authority (PKA) which owns PKFZ
had himself filed an MACC report in May 2009 based on the
Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) report on PKFZ, the commission has
continued to make little or no progress on the investigations.
In fact, despite the size and scale of the scandal which implicates
corruption and abuse of power to the highest levels, including several
ministers and prominent elected representatives, MACC has not even
conducted any interviews with the ministers, including Tun Ling Liong
Sik and Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy, as well as the other BN politicians.
Hence the findings of fraud and over-charging by the PKFZ special
taskforce has proven the complete failure, ineffectiveness and
negligence by Ahmad Said and MACC, whether intentional or otherwise
for the latter could not detect any of the various misdeeds which
added up to RM1 billion of tax-payers' monies. In line with Najib's
call for “people first, performance now”, Ahmad Said must be held
accountable and hence resign or be removed from his position.
What makes the whole circumstance repulsive is the fact that while
MACC had neglected mega-scandals like PKFZ, they have left no stones
unturned in their efforts to detect corruption among DAP and Pakatan
Rakyat representatives in Selangor, even if it means going to the
level of check every RM100 receipts!
It is MACC's reckless and relentless pursuit of such political
victimisation that the political secretary to Selangor state executive
councillor, Ean Yong Hian Wah, the late Teoh Beng Hock was found dead
at the premises of MACC, all for a RM2,400 transaction involving the
purchase of Malaysian flags.
A new Chief Commissioner should be appointed to ensure that MACC stops
being a political tool of the Barisan Nasional government to harrass
DAP and Pakatan Rakyat MPs and state assemblymen whose total combined
allocations does not exceed RM20 million while completely neglecting
the real corrupt sharks which have fleeced the country of billions of