PKFZ scandal: Big fish hooked?Thu, Dec 17, 2009

SHAH ALAM: A “big fish” is likely to be charged in the Klang Sessions Court today in connection with the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone scandal.

The suspect is either a former cabinet minister or a prominent politician serving as a member of parliament.

However, no one in authority is confirming the widespread speculation.

Some sources say there is a high possibility that another person will be charged along with the VIP.

If one of them is charged today, he or she will be the fifth person brought to court in connection with what opposition politicians have called the “mother of scandals.”

The highest ranking among the four already charged is former Port Klang Authority general manager Datin Paduka Phang Oi Choo @ Phang Ai Tu, 63, better known as O.C. Phang. She is accused of committing criminal breach of trust in payments worth RM254.85 million to the project’s developer.

The others are architect Bernard Tan Seng Swee, 48; Steven Abok, 51, the chief operating officer of Kuala Dimensi, the company appointed to develop the PKFZ project; and Kuala Dimensi engineer Law Jenn Dong, 51.

Tan and Abok face charges of making false claims involving RM5.417 million and Law is accused of cheating PKA of RM116.85 million.

Law and Tan were also jointly charged with with numerous counts of making false claims.

All four have claimed trial and are out on bail. Their cases will be mentioned again in January and February.

In announcing last week that investigations were far from over, Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail had told newsmen that more would be charged irrespective of whether they were “big or small fish” and that his office was looking at various offences ranging from money laundering to conspiracy and abetment.