Sunday, August 30, 2009

Disciplinary Report to Presidential Council, MCA

Executive Summary
Report to Presidential Council, MCA

Issue No. 1: The Complaint had already been disposed of by the Previous Board and Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek had now been re-charged and re-tried for the same complaint

1. The letter of complaint (“the Complaint”) dated 28.5.2008 lodged by Eng Cheng Guan (“the Complainant “) against Dr Chua was received by MCA HQ on 23.6.2008.
2. The Complaint was considered by the then Disciplinary Board of MCA for the period 2005-2008 (“the Previous Board”) at its meeting held on 18.7.2008 and it was resolved to refer the Complaint to the Presidential Council for further decision
3. The Complaint was not referred to the Presidential Council and it was tabled for discussion again by the Previous Board at its meeting held on 6.8.2008. At this meeting, it was resolved to postpone hearing and discussing of all new cases until after the Party election at the national level was over in October, 2008.
4. The Complaint was therefore not disposed of either by the Previous Board or the Presidential Council and it was in fact put on hold.
5. Tan Sri Sak Cheng Lum, a member of the Previous Board, gave evidence at the Inquiry on 4.8.2009 and merely stated that the Complaint was considered by the Previous Board at its meeting on 18.7.2008 and it was resolved by the Previous Board to refer the Complaint to the Presidential Council for further decision. Tan Sri Sak Cheng Lum also admitted that the Previous Board had not disposed of the Complaint.
6. At the Inquiry on 4.8.2009, lawyer for Dr Chua decided not to call Datuk Ho Lim Teck and Tan Sri Wong See Wah to give evidence.
7. On the record of the Board, it was stated in Chinese “纪委会决定暂搁此项投诉 ” (Disciplinary Board resolved to put on hold this complaint temporarily).
8. On 3.3.2009, the Presidential Council decided to refer the 40 outstanding complaints received from April, 2008 to 1.3.2009 to the Board for further investigation. Of the 40 outstanding complaints, 31 complaints do not comply with the constitutional provisions for initiating a complaint and 1 of the complaint is against the President.
9. At its meeting held on 2.6.2009, the Board resolved to investigate the Complaint. After considering the Complaint and studying the evidence, the Board at its meeting held on 29.6.2009 resolved to prepare a charge against Dr Chua and hold an inquiry into the Complaint on 4.8.2009.
10. The Charge against the Dr Chua and the Notice of the date, time and place of Inquiry was sent to Dr Chua on 30.6.2009, the Board did not inform the President before or after sending the notice.
Issue No. 2 The Complaint has been withdrawn by the Complainant and he was not present at the Inquiry to give evidence.
11. Guideline No. 15 of the Board provides that once a complaint has been lodged with the Board it cannot be withdrawn without the consent of the Board. This guideline was made to prevent members from filing and withdrawing complaints arbitrarily. If members are allowed to lodge and withdraw complaints at their ‘whims and fancy’, the whole disciplinary system will become a mockery. It will not only cause confusion and wastage of resources, it will so allow ‘money politics’ to be practised and perpetuated.
12. After receipt of the facsimile letter purporting to withdraw the Complaint on 29.7.2009, a letter was sent by the Board to the Complainant advising him on the provisions in Guideline No. 15. In the same letter, the Complainant was advised to appear at the Inquiry and make the necessary application, stating his reasons. However, the Complainant chose to be absent at the Inquiry. As no application for consent to withdraw was made or granted by the Board, the Board resolved that the Complaint remains valid.
13. It is to be noted that the legal position by the following illustration: “A after witnessing B’s commission of a serious crime, A lodged a report with the police; A subsequently agreed with B to withdraw the police report.” In law, the agreement to withdraw the police report was void against public policy and cannot be enforced by a court of law.
14. Guideline No. 16 provides: “If the complainant does not appear in person at the inquiry…if the complaint involves the Party’s reputation or image or serious misconduct of a member, the members of panel conducting the inquiry may proceed with the inquiry if there are sufficient evidence for the inquiry to be continued.” As the Complaint satisfies the requirements set out in the second limb of Guideline No. 16 and there are clearly sufficient evidence for the Inquiry to proceed, the Board resolved to proceed with the Inquiry.
Issue No. 3 The MCA Constitution does not recognize or refer to the Code of Conduct for MCA Members (“the Code of Conduct”)
15. The Code of Conduct was duly formulated and approved by the Central Committee of MCA (“the Central Committee”) at its meeting held on 20.1.2005 and amended on 23.1.2007.
16. Under Article 37.6 of the Constitution, the General Assembly of MCA (“the General Assembly”) has the powers to formulate any rules, regulations and bye-laws to regulate, direct and control the affairs and business of the Party.
17. Under Article 39 of the Constitution, the Central Committee shall be the body responsible for the affairs of the Party. The Central Committee may do all acts on behalf of the General Assembly.
18. Further, Dr Chua has been a high-ranking Party official for many years. According to the relevant minutes of the meetings of the Central Committee, he was present at both of the meetings when the Code of Conduct was approved and subsequently amended. He was a party to the formulation and making of the Code of Conduct. No objections whatsoever were raised by Dr Chua at the relevant meetings.
19. After the Code of Conduct was implemented, disciplinary actions have been taken against a number of members of MCA and a few of them lost their political career. Now, when Dr Chua is facing disciplinary proceedings himself, he is saying that the Code of Conduct was not recognized or referred to in the Constitution and therefore it is not valid and cannot be enforced.
Issue No. 4 Dr Chua was allowed to participate in the party elections held in October, 2008
20. The Complaint against Dr Chua was pending investigation and hearing when he participated in the party elections held in October, 2008. A person is presumed to be innocent until he is found guilty. As such, no action could be taken legally to disqualify Dr Chua from participating in the elections under the Constitution.
Issue No. 5 Dr Chua was duly elected as the Deputy President.
21. Participation in the party elections by a member of MCA and the disciplinary proceedings/actions by the Disciplinary Board of MCA are two distinct and separate issues.
22. As the disciplinary proceedings against Dr Chua have been postponed and became pending at the time of the holding of the election, the success of Dr Chua at the elections does not mean either expressly or impliedly that the General Assembly (and the members of MCA) have vindicated him. There are no provisions in the Constitution to suggest what Dr Chua intended it to be and all members are equal before the Party Constitution.
23. Apart from the above equality principle, Article 45.24 of the Constitution provides that the Central Committee shall have the power “to take whatever disciplinary action it deems fit against a member….Provided that if the member is a Party Official elected by the General Assembly pursuant to Article 20….the Central Committee may not suspend or expel him from the Party unless with the support of two-thirds of the Central Committee present at the meeting….”. In other words, the Constitution envisages and provides for disciplinary action to be taken even against the Party’s President or Deputy President in suitable cases only on one condition, i.e., two-thirds of the Central Committee members present at the meeting and support the motion. An elected party official can only be judged by his peers, who are mostly elected by the same general assembly.
Issue No. 6 Dr Chua would be punished twice
24. As the Complaint has not been disposed of either by the Previous Disciplinary Board or the Presidential Council, no decision has yet been taken or made against Dr Chua when the Board took over. As Dr Chua had not been punished before, there is no question of him being punished twice.
The facts
25. Dr Chua did not deny as a fact that the Sex Video did exist and the woman in the Sex Video is not his legal wife
26. Dr Chua did not deny as a fact that the Sex Video was circulated in Malaysia at the relevant times and are still accessible on the internet.
27. Dr Chua did not offer to resign from the party and government post at the first press conference held on 1.1.2008, because he had obtained the understandings from his family, wife and children.
28. He said the only mistake he admitted to have committed was that “he stayed in the same room and in the same hotel”. Ironically, this is an admission that his extra-marital affairs had been going on for quite some time before he was caught in the disc.
29. He pushed all the blames to the person or persons who had recorded his conduct without his knowledge.
30. The fact is what the men behind the camera can do if Dr Chua behaved like a public figure is expected to behave. If Dr Chua did not have sexual affairs with his girlfriend “in the same room and in the same hotel”, there is nothing the men behind the camera can do to him.
31. It is noted that at the second press conference held on 2.1.2008 at Putrajaya, he changed his mind totally. He announced that he resigned from all the positions he then held in the party, the government and as a Member of Parliament with immediate effect. He stated that he decided to resign from all posts because of moral problems and he did not want to burden the Party. He also said that he resigned because people did not want him anymore.
32. However, in spite of his above announcement, he only resigned from all his Party and Government posts. He did not submit his letter of resignation to the Speaker of Parliament as required by Article 51 of the Federal Constitution. He remained a Member of Parliament until Parliament was dissolved in February, 2008 for the last General Election to be held on 8.3.2008. And he received and kept the allowances for Member of Parliament until Parliament was dissolved.
33. In 1998, disciplinary actions were taken against Tan Yoke Chung, the former Chairman of MCA Kapar 4th Mile Branch, and 7 others, for “illegal gambling” at the Party Branch premises during festive season of Chinese New Year, the former Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Branch were expelled from the Party.
34. One of the aims and objects of the Party is “to foster, safeguard, advance and secure the political, social, educational, cultural, economic and other interests of Malaysian of Chinese descent” (Article 6.7 of the Party Constitution). In the mind of the Malaysians of Chinese descent, who are renounced to have been influenced by the traditional Confucian teachings, how would they compare “illegal gambling” with “adultery”. Both types of conduct are of course “bad”. But, in terms of the degree of “badness”, which type of conduct is worse than the other. However, “adultery” has never enjoyed such a “status” in the Malaysian Chinese community, which MCA represents.
35. In short, it is safe to conclude that, for the general Malaysian public, a public figure in Malaysia is expected to behave like a public figure. The public figure has a choice; if he wants to remain as a public figure, he has to give up the luxuries (including having extra marital affairs) of a private person. He cannot be a public figure and enjoys the luxuries of a private person at the same time and, when he is caught, he will not be allowed to defend and excuse himself by saying that it is my private life. To the Malaysians, a public figure represents his family, organization or party, community and the nation.
36. The Board has no difficulties in arriving at the conclusion that the Respondent can no longer be said to be an “asset” of the Party. What the Respondent had done in failing to uphold the image and reputation of the Party have not only “haunted” and hurt the Party and the Government, but is going to continue to “haunt” and hurt the Party and the Government in the future, especially in every forthcoming by-election and general election unless some drastic actions are taken by the Party.
37. The Board unanimously advised the Presidential Council as follows:- “that Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek, the Respondent, be expelled from the Malaysian Chinese Association with immediate effect.”

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Chua Soi Lek had four conditions

from Malaysian Mirror comment by Lim Woi Kiong

MCA president Ong Tee Keat finally wielded the axe. The party’s presidential council which he chairs sacked Dr Chua Soi Lek from the party with immediate effect on Wednesday night.

Ong can expect brickbats for his action but it was a decision he has to make in order to bring about genuine reforms and a new culture to the MCA.

Sacking his deputy will not likely benefit Ong in the long run. He could be inviting trouble for himself. It could even cause him to lose his public and party posts. But for sustainability in the MCA, he has to do what has to be done. Period.

To quote Chua, “MCA cannot be destroyed because of one man”. But MCA cannot forgo its reform agenda and perish just because Chua is unable to fulfill his ambition to be a minister again.

After Chua was elected deputy president, he negotiated with Ong and proposed four conditions but the latter rejected them. Then, Chua launched his campaign to smear and oust Ong.

Initially, Chua wanted to be made health minister again. But this was rejected by the prime minister. It was after this that he proposed four conditions and demanded that Ong accepted them.

The four conditions

What were the four conditions?

Firstly, he wanted to be MCA Johor liaison committee chairman. Secondly, according to party tradition, the deputy president should hold the post of disciplinary board chairman. Thirdly, town councilors should use the name list which he recommended. Fourthly, the MCA central committee must fully accept his name list.

Ong rejected the four conditions. A secret meeting was held and attended by mediators Lim Ah Lek (right) and Khoo Kai Peng. Ong rejected the first condition on the ground that half of the Johor state divisions disagreed with Chua’s proposal.

When the second condition was brought up, Lim opposed on the ground that Chua was involved in a sex scandal. Lim also pointed out that Gan Boon Hua was once disciplinary board chairman, without holding the post of MCA deputy president.

Chua was said to be very angry after his two conditions were rejected. Talks were then called off.

Chua, buoyed by the ‘public opinion’ that he was an elected deputy president, disregarded the president and launched a smear campaign against Ong.

Chua started his non-stop campaign 10 months ago, and it is not like ‘the work has now started’, as he had said on Friday. He systematically operates through blogs and invite commentators from the media to shame and demonise Ong, and painting himself as the victim.

Having to face such resistance from Chua, Ong could not carry out any party business. Through his position as the Barisan Nasional coordinator in Pakatan Rakyat ruled states, Chua went all out to destroy the structure of the MCA.

Using the excuse of ‘orders from above’, he called for BN coordinating meetings wherever Ong arranged to meet local MCA leaders and supporters. This gives the public the impression of two MCAs.

Enough clout to overthrow Ong ?

Chua was arrogant because he believed he has enough clout to overthrow Ong. After the secret talks were called off, he visited local MCA leaders and members to garner support. He painted Ong as a dictator and a unreasonable, perverse and tyrannical leader.

Chua’s campaign won the support of former party president Dr Ling Liong Sik. At one stage, Chua even threatened to jump to another party. However, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak made him the BN coordinator in the Pakatan ruled states. Chua then used this appointment to intensify his efforts to destroy the MCA structure and attempted to immobilise Ong in carrying out party business.

This is particulary true as everytime he comes to Penang , according to a very reliable source , to hold a BN meeting with all the other component parties , he would not call the MCA Penang officials . He would only invite his cronies to the meeting , people who are his staunch lap dogs , namely one Dato Koay , Dr Loh and one short woman who is a wanita chief of a division . How can MCA function like that ? when the people representing the State are not invited and lap dogs are invited to attend ?

On one occasion when Ong Tee Keat went to Perak to attend a function and to hold a meeting with all the Perak boys , he purposely called a BN meeting in Perak on the same day and same time , just to disrupt OTK's meeting and to show that OTK had not much support in Perak . His meetings were attended by the boys from the Kinta Valley who were all Ling's boys . So this is indeed true that he had been planning all along when he was elected deputy president . His main intention was to go for the President , but when Datuk Jimmy Chua announced he was going for President , it led him to say Chua Jui Meng is a spoiler .

Chua organised his political warfare after careful planning. He is certainly not the victim. This guy is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

He is a devil incarnate , they normally come out in the Seventh Moon , so today you are witnessing the exposures of all these devils who have decided to reveal their faces .

Friday, August 28, 2009

Crooks Swindlers Liars

As promised , here's another one on Tee Siew Kiong.

As a Political Secretary to a Minister , one earns with all the perks put in , not more than RM 7000 per month . However I am flabbergasted as to how one can afford to buy the ENTIRE EQUITY INTEREST IN IRESON PERNIAGAAN SDN BHD for a SUM of RM2,710,000 ( two million seven hundred and ten thousand ringgit ) That is indeed a huge sum that many high wage earners also cannot afford to buy .

IPSB is a private limited company incorporated in Malaysia on 6 June 1980. The authorised share capital of IPSB is RM500,000 comprising 500,000 ordinary shares of RM1.00 each of which 310,500 ordinary shares have been issued and fully paid-up. The principal activity of IPSB is property investment.

IPSB owns a single storey detached factory building erected on all that leasehold industrial land held under issue document of title No. H.S(D)64314, P.T.D No. 8778 , Mukim of Senai-Kulai, District of Johor Bahru and State of Johor measuring approximately 1.21411 hectres and bearing postal address of PLO 15, Jalan Perindustrian, Kawasan Perindustrian Senai I, 81400 Senai, Johor Darul Takzim (“Property”). The Property is situated within a locality known as Kawasan Perindustrian Senai I, approximately 29 kilometeres to the north-west of Johor Bahru city centre and about 5 kilometres to the north-east of Senai town centre. It is accessible from Senai town centre via Skudai Highway, Senai Airport Highway and a ‘U’ turn back at the Senai International Airport roundabout thence onto Jalan Perindustrian leading to the premise.

See the entire Sales and Purchase contents .


1. Introduction

The Board of Directors of KYM Holdings Bhd (“KYM”) is pleased to announce to the Exchange that the Company has on 5 September 2008 entered into a Sale & Purchase Agreement (“SPA”) with Tee Siew Kiong (NRIC No. 640715-01-5317) and Lee Choon Guek (NRIC No. 660602-01-6012) (“Purchasers”) for the disposal of 310,500 ordinary shares of RM1.00 (“Sale Shares”) in equal shares, representing the entire issued and paid-up capital of Ireson Perniagaan Sdn Bhd (“IPSB”) for a total cash consideration of RM2,710,000 (“Disposal”).

Upon completion of the Disposal, IPSB shall cease to be a subsidiary of KYM.

2. Information on IPSB

IPSB is a private limited company incorporated in Malaysia on 6 June 1980. The authorised share capital of IPSB is RM500,000 comprising 500,000 ordinary shares of RM1.00 each of which 310,500 ordinary shares have been issued and fully paid-up. The principal activity of IPSB is property investment.

IPSB owns a single storey detached factory building erected on all that leasehold industrial land held under issue document of title No. H.S(D)64314, P.T.D No. 8778 , Mukim of Senai-Kulai, District of Johor Bahru and State of Johor measuring approximately 1.21411 hectres and bearing postal address of PLO 15, Jalan Perindustrian, Kawasan Perindustrian Senai I, 81400 Senai, Johor Darul Takzim (“Property”). The Property is situated within a locality known as Kawasan Perindustrian Senai I, approximately 29 kilometeres to the north-west of Johor Bahru city centre and about 5 kilometres to the north-east of Senai town centre. It is accessible from Senai town centre via Skudai Highway, Senai Airport Highway and a ‘U’ turn back at the Senai International Airport roundabout thence onto Jalan Perindustrian leading to the premise.

The tenure of the Property is 60 years leasehold expiring on 11 January 2043.

The built-up areas of the single storey detached factory building and other miscellaneous structures are as follows:

Built-Up Area/Gross Floor Area (m2)
Single storey detached factory annexed with a TNB substation 7,870.00
Open shed 341.42
Guard House 11.15

The age of the buildings is about 14 years old. The Property has been vacant for about three (3) years and is free from encumbrances.

The category of the land use of the Property as stated in the issue document of title is “Perusahaan/Perindustrian”. The expressed conditions as stated in the issue document of title to the Property are as follows:

i) Tanah ini hendaklah digunakan sebagai Kawasan Industri Sederhana untuk tujuan Perusahaan Getah – dryer machines, fuel tanks, shaft bearing rollers machines, dibina mengikut pelan yang diluluskan oleh Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan yang berkenaan.
ii) Segala kekotoran dan pencemaran akibat daripada aktiviti ini hendaklah disalurkan/dibuang ke tempat-tempat yang telah ditentukan oleh Pihak Berkuasa Berkenaan.

iii) Segala dasar dan syarat yang telah ditetapkan dan dikuatkuasakan dari semasa ke semasa oleh Pihak Berkuasa Berkenaan hendaklah dipatuhi.

State authority approval is required for all sale, charge or transfer of the Property.

The Property which was acquired by IPSB in 1983 for RM263,340, is the only property of IPSB. The Property was re-valued by an independent revaluer, Raine & Horne International Zaki + Partners Sdn. Bhd. on 31 January 2008 at RM3,500,000, using the Comparison Method. The net book value of the Property based on the last audited accounts of IPSB as at 31 January 2008 is RM3,500,000.

3. Details of the Disposal

The sale consideration of RM2,710,000 was arrived at based on a willing-buyer-willing-seller basis after taking into consideration the Forced Sale Value of the Property and was transacted on ‘as-is-where-is’ basis. The Forced Sale Value as assessed by Raine & Horne International Zaki + Partners Sdn. Bhd. on 31 January 2008 is RM2,980,000.

The Disposal is expected to be completed within fourteen (14) days from the Cut-Off Date (defined below)

4. Salient Terms of the SPA

The salient terms of the SPA are as follows:

(a) The sale consideration is to be satisfied in the following manner:-

(i) the sum of Ringgit Malaysia Fifty Four Thousand Two Hundred (RM54,200-00) only being 2% of the sale consideration to be paid as the Earnest Deposit prior to the execution of SPA being part payment towards the account of the sale consideration;

(ii) the sum of Ringgit Malaysia Four Hundred Eighty Seven Thousand Eight Hundred (RM487,800.00) only being 18% of the sale consideration (hereinafter referred to as “the Balance Deposit”) to paid to KYM upon execution of this SPA. The Earnest Deposit and the Balance Deposit shall hereinafter be referred to collectively as “the Deposit”).

(iii) the Balance Purchase Price of Ringgit Malaysia Two Million One Hundred And Sixty Eight Thousand (RM2,168,000.00) only shall be paid on the date of completion.

(b) KYM shall write off the entire inter-company loan to IPSB amounting to RM2,464,669 as of 31 July 2008.

(c) The Purchasers shall be entitled at any time after the date hereof but not later than three (3) months from the date of the SPA (“the Cut-Off Date”), and at its own cost and expenses, to appoint an independent firm of accountants or the Purchasers’ own accountants to conduct a due diligence inquiry of IPSB.

(d) The Sale Shares shall be acquired by the Purchasers free from all liens, charges, mortgages, claims and other encumbrances and together with all rights and benefits attaching thereto. There are no liabilities including contingent liabilities and guarantees to be assumed by the Purchasers arising from the acquisition of the Sale Shares.

Rationale for the Disposal

The Disposal is in line with the Company’s diversification plan to dispose of non-core assets. The Disposal will enable KYM to realize immediate cash flow of RM2,710,000 which will be utilized as working capital.

6. Financial Effects of the Disposal

6.1 Earnings

The Disposal is expected to be completed by fourth quarter of the financial year ending 31 January 2009. KYM Group’s earnings per share for the financial year ending 31 January 2009 is expected to decrease as a result of the Disposal. The expected loss on completion of the Disposal is approximately RM794,245 which mainly due to a written off of inter company loan amounting to RM2,464,669.

6.2 Net Assets

The Disposal will not have material effects on the net asset per share of KYM Group.

6.3 Share Capital

The Disposal will not have any effect on the issued and paid-up capital of KYM.

6.4 Substantial Shareholders’ Shareholding

The Disposal will not have any effect on the substantial shareholders’ shareholdings of KYM.

7. Conditions to the Disposal

The Disposal is not subject to the Company’ shareholders’ approval.

8. Directors’ and/or Major Shareholders’ Interest

None of the Directors or major shareholders or persons connected to them has any interest, direct or indirect, in the above transaction.

9. Statement by Directors

After due consideration of the terms of the Disposal, the Board of Directors is of the opinion that the Disposal is in the best interest of the Company.

10. Departure from Guidelines

The Disposal has not departed from the Securities Commission’s Policies and Guidelines on Offering of Equity and Equity-Linked Securities.

11. Documents for Inspection

A copy of the SPA is available for inspection during normal office hours (except public holidays) at the registered office of KYM at 12 Lorong Medan Tuanku Satu 50300 Kuala Lumpur from the date of this announcement.

This announcement is dated 5 September 2008.
Extracted from Bursa Saham KL

The completion date for the land scam surrounding the building of a polyclinic in Johore in my previous article is also around that time frame , enough time to collect the monies from the previous transaction to finance this purchase . I am not accusing anyone here however there is an element of shall we say , corruption , kick backs , insider trading and what not .

CSL Crooks Syndicate Ltd

If Chua were to become the next MCA President then MCA shall become infested with crooks , gangsters and triads . The reason why I said this is because take a good look at yesterday's press conference held by six divisions in Johore who came out to support him .

Quoting from the NST
6 Johor MCA divisions upset over Dr Chua's sacking

JOHOR BARU: Suspend Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat from carrying out his duty temporarily as party president and review the decision to sack Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
This call was made by six Johor MCA divisions affiliated to Chua's camp to the party discplinary board during a joint press conference today.

The six divisions, which are Pontian, Kota Tinggi, Gelang Patah, Tebrau, Tanjung Piai and Pulai, were led by Pontian division chairman Tee Siew Keong.

Tee Siew Keong
Pontian division chairman

They collectively expressed their disappointment on the sacking of Chua from the party because of the sex video scandal.

They felt that Ong should be suspended due to the allegations that the former had received a RM10-million political donation from Kuala Dimesi Sdn Bhd boss Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing and failed to settle the expenses for boarding Tiong's aircraft.

I was told that out of the six divisions , two were represented by the division vice chairman who didn't get along with their division chairman and thus did not have the mandate of the two divisions .
But lets come back to our main tropic . Lets start with Tee Siew Kiong who was the main spokesman of the group . Tee is the Pontian Division Chairman and was formerly political secretary to Chua Soi lek when he was the Health Minister . There must be reasons other than this for him to support Chua .

Ministry to probe alleged land scam involving Soi Lek

Chua Soi Lek

PUTRAJAYA (July 23, 2009): The Health MInistry's secretary-general is investigating an alleged land scam involving former minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and his political secretary Datuk Tee Siew Kiong.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said today he had read the report on the alleged land scam and had handed the matter over to secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Nasir Mohd Ashraf to investigate.
"I am waiting for the investigation to be completed and I will need to find out from my secretary-general on the outcome," he said.
On March 20, the blog had posted an allegation against Chua and Tee for being involved in a scam when acquiring land in Johor Baru to build health clinic in 2005.
According to the blog, a company had made a profit of RM19 million in compensation for the land, which was meant for a private school.
Meanwhile a report had been lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The documents of alleged a land scam surrounding the building of a polyclinic in Johore can be found all over the Internet and have kindly compiled them in this blog. A search with the company documents of the said company, Kurnia Heights Sdn. Bhd. reveals that one of the directors and shareholder (Phua Tai Kiang) of the special purpose vehicle was none other than the brother-in-law of the political secretary, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong. Phua is the husband of Datuk Tee's sister .

What is fishy is that the close timing between the purchase of the land which happened in October 2005, and the date of the gazette of the land acquisition (and change from status of Private School to Polyclinic). Only persons such as the Minister and his people with prior and insider knowledge of the intended acquision by the Government i.e. Health Ministry will want to acquire the land.

The land was initially restricted to private school use before the gazette. Think....why would an investment holding company like Kurnia Heights with no other business want to buy this plot of land unless it wants to make some serious money by selling it to the Government later. We can say that they knew Ministry of Health was buying it already before that.

If one looks at the documents, can see that somebody by the name of Tee Yok Ong (noticed the surname!!), who is not a director nor shareholder of Kurnia Heights was authorised to collect the cheque from the Government on behalf of the company.

Excerpts of Report to MACC

12. From the unsigned letter dated 28/1/2009 purportedly issued to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Transport and Minister of Health it was alleged that there was wrong doing by the cronies of the former Health Minister, Dato Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek through his political secretary Datuk Tee Siew Kiong.
13. The letter dated 16/7/2007 from Kurnia Heights Sdn Bhd authorizing Tee Yok Ong (who happened to have the same surname with Datuk Tee) who is not a director nor shareholder of the company to collect the cheque on behalf of the company is a cause for suspicion that warrants investigation. Further, in the said letter dated 28/1/2009 it was alleged that one of the two shareholders of Kurnia Heights Sdn Bhd is the brother-in- law of Datuk Tee Siew Kiong.
14. In view of aforesaid facts and the serious allegations contained in the letter dated 28/1/2009, investigation to be carried by MACC is warranted. Further, an investigation by MACC would afford the opportunity for those alleged of wrong doing in particular, the political secretary of the former Health Minister and possibly the former Health Minister as named the said letter dated 28/1/2009 to clear their good name. On the other hand, if the investigation does prove the allegation to be true, it would warrant the investigation on other land acquisition by the Health Ministry during that relevant period of time.

Rest of the report here :

Let's take a look at another supporter Low Teh Hian , the Pulai Division Chairman .

Low was Johor MCA treasurer, state public complaints bureau head and Pulai MCA division chairman before the suspension.
In July last year, he allegedly took out a pistol to defend himself after a 42-year-old businessman found his wife and him at his (Low’s) condominium.
He was suspended from all party duties to facilitate investigations by the MCA’s disciplinary board.

In bed with another man's wife ? in his condominium ? So they are all of the same breed or species as the DVD actor .

More to come on Tee

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pornstar Soi Lek sacked .

The presidential council deciding to sack deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, on the recommendation of the party’s disciplinary committee is the right move to clean up the party of its image and to immediately stop the in fighting within the party before the tumour spreads beyond curable . If you have to remove the tumour , you have to do it , even though you may be left with half a lung , at least the party survives .

The expulsion of Dr Chua is ostensibly his punishment for tarnishing the party’s image over the disclosure in late 2007 of a secret recording showing him engaging in sex acts with his mistress. If this is not damaging the party's image then what is it ? If you are not caught , then it is another issue , but in this case he has even admitted that the person in the DVD is indeed him , so is there a law that says when you are caught in a sex act that is punishable and you are a BN member , it is a non issue whereas if you are a Pakatan leader and caught in a similar act , the law acts differently ? Are there two sets of laws ? one for BN and one for PR ? The laws of the country shall be apllied to everyone living here in Malaysia and lets make sure that there are no two sets of law in this country .

Dr Chua is guilty and has tarnished the image of MCA , he has to go .Wether you like it or not . For those supporters of his , if you don't like what you see , you are free to go . The company needs to dispose of those useless and unwanted inventory .

The MCA cannot afford to have big brother UMNO wanting a tainted leader as it's President for the sake of having an obedient and subservient lap dog as its President . This image was very pronounced during the Bush's era when Tony Blair and the former Australian Premier John Howard were both referred to as Bush's poodle .
Also it is a disgrace to the Chinese community where pride and face is very important . I wonder how MCA is going to face the Chinese community during the next GE if Chua were to be President .

However there is a way out for Chua Soi Lek . He can be the first male pornstar to be elected into the Malaysian parliament should he wishes to contest for a Parliamentary seat in the next GE . I am sure he won't be short of supporters and voters who will vote for him . It will be a first in the world political arena as no male pornstar has ever been elected into any parliament before unlike female pornstars . But first he has to form a party called the Malaysian Pornstars Association and have it registered , which I am pretty sure he won't have difficulty finding a suitable logo . Also he should hire Larry Flynt, who is at an adult entertainment trade promoter and publisher of Hustler magazine to be his campaign manager .

He should emulate these three female pornstars who made it into politics

Pornstar Stormy Daniels considering a run against Sen. David Vitter

WASHINGTON -- Sen. David Vitter, R-La., whose phone calls to a prostitution ring were exposed by an investigator for Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, now faces a potential Senate challenge from adult film star Stormy Daniels, who has asked Flynt to run her campaign.

Daniels' publicity could prove a distraction for Vitter. "At least in the short term, she's a real problem," said LSU political scientist Kirby Goidel. In the long term, probably not, said Goidel, while cautioning, "if Jesse Ventura can win in Minnesota, why can't she win in Louisiana?"

Pornstar D'Abbraccio is running for public office .

If Cicciolina was known for her impromptu striptease, then D'Abbraccio's calling card must be her bottom -- which she plastered on campaign posters gracing the walls of the Eternal City (see below). Her campaign poster complains that Italians are tired of the same old faces in politics, and uses the Italian swear word for backside to describe what their faces look like.

If elected, D’Abbraccio wants to create a red light area with strip clubs, erotic discos and sex shops called “Love City” just kilometers away from the Vatican.
“It would be something cute, clean — nothing to do with prostitution,” said the actress

Pornstar Cicciolina

The name of that Radical Party candidate was Ilona Staller, but she ran under her stage name "Cicciolina." Staller was a Hungarian-born adult film actress who made absolutely no excuses for her career choice. In fact, her public notoriety as a pornstar is what drew people to her campaign rallies. That, plus the fact that her speeches always included a glimpse of her left titty, and sometimes even a complete striptease.

After winning a seat in Parliament, Cicciolina continued acting in hardcore videos for another two years.

She proposed on two separate occasions to sleep with Saddam Hussein if he would just agree to knock it off already. She made the original appeal in September 1990 during the Gulf War buildup. Cicciolina announced to the world: "I am available to make love with Saddam Hussein to achieve peace in the Middle East."
She renewed the offer in October 2002.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ong Will Never Walk Alone

Meanwhile Khoo Kay Peng today wrote that Ong must not walk alone which was reproduced in the Star .

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has filed a RM500mil defamation suit against Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing over the latter’s claim that he gave RM10mil to the minister. The suit was motivated by Tiong’s allegation that he had “donated” RM10mil to Ong.
This is a funny story. If Tiong had made a donation and expected nothing back in return, what is his motive for turning the donation into a credibility issue for Ong? Is the Bintulu MP expecting his favour to be returned in the Port Klang Free Zone expose?

This is what we have been saying all along , that no one just gives money to anyone without expecting something in return , be it favours or some expections of return of investment. Even the air that we breath in is not free . Nothing is free in this world , let alone a donation of 10 million ringgit . So this is not a funny story as Khoo writes it to be one , perhaps indeed the gift of 10 million is given but not to Ong Tee Keat , but rather to someone who helped Kuala Dimensi obtain the three letters of guarantee . Remember NO one gives three supporting letters of guarantee tying down the government to pay Kuala Dimensi 660 million Ringgit whether they complete or not without expecting something BIG in return .

The act of giving political donations in Malaysia is not something new although they are seldom made public. There is no law which outlaws or limits the amount of donation which can be accepted by a local politician. In fact, many of us were marvelled with the ability of Barack Obama to raise so much money to fund his presidential campaign. How many of the donors have gone back to Obama asking for a favour?

Many big companies in Malaysia like Genting Highlands , Shell and Berjaya Group have been donating to Political Parties for them to give donations to temples , private schools , and charitable organisations , so this is part and parcel of politics and political funds . However these people have never behaved like the Sarawak fella whose behaviour is more like one you find walking in the streets in Taiwan or in Hong Kong .

Ong’s lawsuit against Tiong may drag on for years before a judgment can be made against the real culprit. The intention was clear. The allegation was made to discredit Ong and to allow his detractors to build up a strong resistance against his leadership

Ong's lawsuit is irrelevant on how long it takes , the essence is to prove that he is innocent of all the allegations levelled at him by some underworld connected people . Only those who are guilty will keep it quiet and in low profile , however if you think you have done nothing wrong and that you have been slandered even though you are innocent , you will go all out and all the way and make that idiot pay for his outbursts . Today people are getting smarter and you cannot fool some people sometime or all the time . His Ong's detractors will find themselves hitting a hard rock and in for a big shock .

His nemesis was hoping that MCA leaders at the division level who believed that he took the RM10mil might become upset with him for pocketing the money. The lawsuit will become purely academic if Ong does not survive the onslaught from within and without his party

Many of us who knows Ong well will never believe that he took the money , only those who have a score to settle with him will make use of this issue . Unlike the other senior detractor who won his Deputy Presidency by buying votes from many divisions . Many divisional leaders received sums of money in return for their delegates support . Pagoh Divisions and Bakri Divisions were both mentioned by former Bakri Division leader Dato Chua Jui Meng as having been supported with huge funds by someone out to topple him .

Can we continue to expect a leader to act or speak up without fear or favour if his initiative ends up getting less than a lukewarm support from the people? Who can best protect our interest to see justice being meted out in the PKFZ fiasco if Ong is successfully purged of his positions in the party and the government?

Should have asked those Opposition leaders who have been shouting corruption , transparency , accountability , etc etc . They have remained very quiet , in fact total silence saved for a few . When we have one here who is walking the talk to expose corruption and transparency , these so called leaders of the Pakatan Rakyat have not joined in the chorus to support Ong Tee Keat . These leaders have shown themselves to be real HYPOCRITES .

Should not Malaysians feel ashamed that we cannot even provide an adequate security and comfort to our minister who is merely exercising his duty? The fact that Ong needed to hire his own bodyguards to protect his personal safety shows that some ministers are more vulnerable than others.

I fully agree on this .

It also suggests that the current system needs to be thoroughly revamped to ensure that public projects comply with a higher level of transparency, accountability and efficiency.
We must be clear that Ong is merely doing his job to investigate the PKFZ financial fiasco which is threatening to cast a dark cloud over the country. Without his commitment to dig deep into the issue, it would not have been possible for us to find out that there may be a potential breach of financial integrity which led to an over-billing of RM500mil to RM1bil.
Ong is not wrong to say that the culprits in the PKFZ fiasco must be brought to justice. No one should feel offended by his statement. His sentiments are shared by many Malaysians.

Agree whole heartedly that Ong is doing his job unlike the previous Transport Ministers but where are those who have been clamouring for eradication of corruption and for transparency ? Those Pakatan Rakyat leaders ? Where art thou on this issue ? Or are they only interested in playing up racial issues ? Where are you Anwar ? How about you Nik Aziz ? Is heaven and hell the only issue for you ?
Ong is indeed correct to say that culprits in the PKFZ fiasco must be brought to justice .

On the PKFZ, Ong has obviously risked it all. Based on my current assessment, it may be a tough battle for Ong to keep his Pandan parliamentary seat in the next general election.
His detractors and critics would surely go all out for his blood and he may end up having to pay a high price for his involvement in the PKFZ investigation.

Ong might have a tough battle to keep his Pandan seat based on Khoo's current assessment, the former PM thought they would have no problem winning most of the parliamentary seats in 2008 and Khir Toyo was quite sure they would win all the seats in Selangor ! If this PKFZ issue were to be not exposed , Ong and MCA seats would be facing extinction in the next election . What Ong had done would in fact have an opposite effect as it would show that Ong and MCA are no longer UMNO's lap dog .

Many of us may not agree with MCA’s insistence to continue working with some dubious politicians or the party’s lack of a clear stand on certain political issues. But we must not discount the fact that Ong’s good work to honour his commitment to account for the PKFZ fiasco is both admirable and commendable . That goes without saying .

For this, he must not walk alone. Any Barisan leaders who shows a similar political will to correct any wrongdoings must be given the moral support to continue their good work. Many rich and powerful people are using the judiciary or defamation suits to silence their critics and to shut out people from reporting their wrongdoings.
I can sympathise with the predicament Ong faces because I was a victim of such intimidation.

Ong shall never walk alone , not only us but the spiritual forces of goodness will see to it that he will triumph over the forces of evil . They will be walking with him . We shall be walking with him . We have not yet shown our faces . Sun Tzu's art of war says , never let the enemy know your strength .

PKFZ a Failed Project From The Start .

PKFZ a 4.6 Billion Ringgit White Elephant ? Tax Evasion ?

Back to PKFZ , The intention of this blog is to show the sequence of happenings and the key players in this fiasco that led PKFZ to its present state of sad affairs . However in between postings , I shall be posting articles of interest and concern to our well beings .

In the two previous issues on PKFZ , we have seen how Kong Choy had evaded questions on PKFZ and on the queries by Jafza executive chairman Sultan Ahmed Sulayem and its Senior Vice President (international operations) Chuck Heath complaining about the difficulties working with the PKA , which Kong Choy did NOT reply.

Today , we shall touch on the subject of PKFZ being turned into a 4.6 Billion ringgit White Elephant and tax evasion ?

On record, Dubai-based Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) pulled out of the management of the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) on July 18, for " strategic purposes ".

However, the separation was acrimonious, as documents obtained reveal. The correspondence, which include strongly worded emails , disclose that Jafza bailed out because of bureaucracy, interference by politicians and others with vested interests, deliberate incorrect minuting of meetings and even attempts at tax evasion by the Malaysian negotiators.

The dossier, which borders on deceit and lies, points the cause of the collapse of the deal between Jafza and PKFZ at the government machinery at one woman , PKA General Manager Datin Paduka O.C. Phang appointed by Ling Liong Sik.

A draft report from Ernst & Young Malaysia on a meeting between PKA, PKFZ and Jafza at Jafza’s Dubai headquarters on Nov 29 2006 over the funding of the PKFZ also raised concerns.

Ernest & Young indicated that the details of the payment schemes involved tax evasion.
The Ernst & Young report was submitted by Graham Lovett, Gulf Managing Partner of Clifford Chance to Chuck Heath , Jafza's Senior VP.

On Dec 12, Lovett in an email to Heath further expressed his distrust of the Malaysian negotiators, which included OC Phang. He noted that there were stark contrasts between minutes of a meeting taken by his firm and that by PKA/PKFZ.

One example was the service and operation agreement (SOA), where PKA/PKFZ’s minutes indicated that Jafza had agreed to details of the SOA, which included a tax structure that provided loopholes to side step Malaysian tax laws.
Clifford Chance’s minutes, meanwhile, showed that Jafza was unwilling to do so.
The meeting notes added: Graham Lovett expressed his grave doubts as to the propriety of the tax structure and expressed the view that the more he heard the less he liked about it .

" Jafza did not and does not want to be a party to any tax problems with the Malaysian government "

In the email to Heath, Lovett added: " The differences are so pronounced it is pretty clear to me that they are not acting in good faith ... there is no way that they could have got the key discussions at the meeting so badly wrong "

The whole mess that is the PKFZ is also a testimony as to why foreign investors shy away from Malaysia.

In a letter to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy dated May 29 2006 , Heath said red tape had hampered the progress of the free trade zone as among others, Jafza had to deal with 27 government departments that were involved in the client approval process.

Heath further wrote: " There has been a total lack of government planning .. which has seen the most fundamental issues being considered and resolved only after the event rather than before. "

He added that the lack of transparency from the start had also hampered the development of the free trade zone, with Jafza not having access to relevant details of the main development contract.

" The Board of Directors structure has not provided any fundamental support and in fact has drawn us into political issues that have a negative impact on the development " Heath wrote.

" The Malaysian political and economic landscape has too many vested interests seeking involvement and control in this project. " he said, taking a swipe at the Finance Ministry for placing obstacles in the form of obsolete regulations as well as the non issuance of licences and financial incentives.

" Unfortunately," Heath added, " without radical surgery in cutting out the above obstacles, we feel this project is doomed to failure. "

Jafza CEO Salma Ali Saif Hareb, in a letter to Chan, said the final version of the SOA " had never been presented to Jafza management for final approval ".

Perhaps in desperation, Salma threw in the Prime Minister’s name for good measure to ensure that PKA kept its side of the bargain.

He wrote on the need for an " immediate review and implementation of a program to deliver a competitive and attractive business environment within the PKFZ that mirrors that of Jebel Ali Free Zone as per the instruction of the Prime Minister of Malaysia on March 14, 2006 ".

It is learnt that Jafza officials met Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to express their concerns on the success of the project and other anomalies and shortcomings in the setting up of PKFZ.

Meanwhile back to 2009

Ex minister sought Queen s Counsel advice over PKFZ documents

KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 , Former Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy sought legal advice from a Queen’s Counsel in the UK before giving his testimony to the Parliament Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today on his involvement in the scandal-hit Port Klang Free Zone(PKFZ) project.

Chan testified today that the three letters he had signed in support of PKFZ did not contain guarantees. The distinction is important as the ministry is not empowered to guarantee the project and a letter indicating otherwise would be tantamount to fraud.
According to sources, Chan provided summary legal advice from a Queen’s Counsel to back his claim which he showed to members of the PAC but without distributing copies.

Why the need to seek the services of a Queen's Council in UK if he is not guilty ? Unless he thinks he is indeed GUILTY of the whole mess .
Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had indicated Chan’s letters have elements of a guarantee.

Is Kong Choy the one who benefitted and pocketted from Tiong King Sing's gracious Donations of 10 million ? I leave it to you to think about it !

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease

Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease: Leaked letter reveals concern of neurologists over 25 deaths in America . Is this true ? Take it at your own risk .

Prevention: Is the swine flu jab safe?
A warning that the new swine flu jab is linked to a deadly nerve disease has been sent by the Government to senior neurologists in a confidential letter.

The letter from the Health Protection Agency, the official body that oversees public health, has been leaked to The Mail on Sunday, leading to demands to know why the information has not been given to the public before the vaccination of millions of people, including children, begins.

It tells the neurologists that they must be alert for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), which could be triggered by the vaccine.
GBS attacks the lining of the nerves, causing paralysis and inability to breathe, and can be fatal.

The letter, sent to about 600 neurologists on July 29, is the first sign that there is concern at the highest levels that the vaccine itself could cause serious complications.
It refers to the use of a similar swine flu vaccine in the United States in 1976 when:
• More people died from the vaccination than from swine flu.
• 500 cases of GBS were detected.
• The vaccine may have increased the risk of contracting GBS by eight times.
• The vaccine was withdrawn after just ten weeks when the link with GBS became clear.
• The US Government was forced to pay out millions of dollars to those affected.

Concerns have already been raised that the new vaccine has not been sufficiently tested and that the effects, especially on children, are unknown.
It is being developed by pharmaceutical companies and will be given to about 13million people during the first wave of immunisation, expected to start in October.
Top priority will be given to everyone aged six months to 65 with an underlying health problem, pregnant women and health professionals.
The British Neurological Surveillance Unit (BNSU), part of the British Association of Neurologists, has been asked to monitor closely any cases of GBS as the vaccine is rolled out.
One senior neurologist said last night: ‘I would not have the swine
flu jab because of the GBS risk.’

There are concerns that there could be a repeat of what became known as the ‘1976 debacle’ in the US, where a swine flu vaccine killed 25 people – more than the virus itself.
A mass vaccination was given the go-ahead by President Gerald Ford because scientists believed that the swine flu strain was similar to the one responsible for the 1918-19 pandemic, which killed half a million Americans and 20million people worldwide.

The swine flu vaccine being offered to children has not been tested on infants
Within days, symptoms of GBS were reported among those who had been immunised and 25 people died from respiratory failure after severe paralysis. One in 80,000 people came down with the condition. In contrast, just one person died of swine flu.

More than 40million Americans had received the vaccine by the time the programme was stopped after ten weeks. The US Government paid out millions of dollars in compensation to those affected.

The swine flu virus in the new vaccine is a slightly different strain from the 1976 virus, but the possibility of an increased incidence of GBS remains a concern.

Shadow health spokesman Mike Penning said last night: ‘The last thing we want is secret letters handed around experts within the NHS. We need a vaccine but we also need to know about potential risks.

‘Our job is to make sure that the public knows what’s going on. Why
is the Government not being open about this? It’s also very worrying if GPs, who will be administering the vaccine, aren’t being warned.’

Two letters were posted together to neurologists advising them of the concerns. The first, dated July 29, was written by Professor Elizabeth Miller, head of the HPA’s Immunisation Department.
It says: ‘The vaccines used to combat an expected swine influenza pandemic in 1976 were shown to be associated with GBS and were withdrawn from use.

‘GBS has been identified as a condition needing enhanced surveillance when the swine flu vaccines are rolled out.
‘Reporting every case of GBS irrespective of vaccination or disease history is essential for conducting robust epidemiological analyses capable of identifying whether there is an increased risk of GBS in defined time periods after vaccination, or after influenza itself, compared with the background risk.’

The second letter, dated July 27, is from the Association of British Neurologists and is written by Dr Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, chair of its surveillance unit, and Professor Patrick Chinnery, chair of its clinical research committee.

Halted: The 1976 US swine flu campaign
It says: ‘Traditionally, the BNSU has monitored rare diseases for long periods of time. However, the swine influenza (H1N1) pandemic has overtaken us and we need every member’s involvement with a new BNSU survey of Guillain-Barre Syndrome that will start on August 1 and run for approximately nine months.
‘Following the 1976 programme of vaccination against swine influenza in the US, a retrospective study found a possible eight-fold increase in the incidence of GBS.

‘Active prospective ascertainment of every case of GBS in the UK is required. Please tell BNSU about every case.

‘You will have seen Press coverage describing the Government’s concern about releasing a vaccine of unknown safety.’

If there are signs of a rise in GBS after the vaccination programme begins, the Government could decide to halt it.

GBS attacks the lining of the nerves, leaving them unable to transmit signals to muscles effectively.
It can cause partial paralysis and mostly affects the hands and feet. In serious cases, patients need to be kept on a ventilator, but it can be fatal.

Death is caused by paralysis of the respiratory system, causing the victim to suffocate.
It is not known exactly what causes GBS and research on the subject has been inconclusive.
However, it is thought that one in a million people who have a seasonal flu vaccination could be at risk and it has also been linked to people recovering from a bout of flu of any sort.

The HPA said it was part of the Government’s pandemic plan to monitor GBS cases in the event of a mass vaccination campaign, regardless of the strain of flu involved.
But vaccine experts warned that the letters proved the programme was a ‘guinea-pig trial’.

Dr Tom Jefferson, co-ordinator of the vaccines section of the influential Cochrane Collaboration, an independent group that reviews research, said: ‘New vaccines never behave in the way you expect them to. It may be that there is a link to GBS, which is certainly not something I would wish on anybody.

‘But it could end up being anything because one of the additives in one of the vaccines is a substance called squalene, and none of the studies we’ve extracted have any research on it at all.’

He said squalene, a naturally occurring enzyme, could potentially cause so-far-undiscovered side effects.

Jackie Fletcher, founder of vaccine support group Jabs, said: ‘The Government would not be anticipating this if they didn’t think there was a connection. What we’ve got is a massive guinea-pig trial.’

Professor Chinnery said: ‘During the last swine flu pandemic, it was observed that there was an increased frequency of cases of GBS. No one knows whether it was the virus or the vaccine that caused this.

‘The purpose of the survey is for us to assess rapidly whether there is an increase in the frequency of GBS when the vaccine is released in the UK. It also increases consultants’ awareness of the condition.

Panic over? The number of swine flu cases has fallen sharply in the past few weeks
‘This is a belt-and-braces approach to safety and is not something people should be substantially worried about as it’s a rare condition.’

If neurologists do identify a case of GBS, it will be logged on a central database.

Details about patients, including blood samples, will be collected and monitored by the HPA.

It is hoped this will help scientists establish why some people develop the condition and whether it is directly related to the vaccine.

But some question why there needs to be a vaccine, given the risks. Dr Richard Halvorsen, author of The Truth About Vaccines, said: ‘For people with serious underlying health problems, the risk of dying from swine flu is probably greater than the risk of side effects from the vaccine.

‘But it would be tragic if we repeated the US example and ended up with more casualties from the jabs.

‘I applaud the Government for recognising the risk but in most cases this is a mild virus which needs a few days in bed. I’d question why we need a vaccine at all.’

Professor Miller at the HPA said: ‘This monitoring system activates pandemic plans that have been in place for a number of years. We’ll be able to get information on whether a patient has had a prior influenza illness and will look at whether influenza itself is linked to GBS.

‘We are not expecting a link to the vaccine but a link to disease, which would make having the vaccine even more important.’

The UK’s medicines watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, is already monitoring reported side effects from Tamiflu and Relenza and it is set to extend that surveillance to the vaccine.

A Department of Health spokesperson said: ‘The European Medicines Agency has strict processes in place for licensing pandemic vaccines.

‘In preparing for a pandemic, appropriate trials to assess safety and the immune responses have been carried out on vaccines very similar to the swine flu vaccine. The vaccines have been shown to have a good safety profile.
‘It is extremely irresponsible to suggest that the UK would use a vaccine without careful consideration of safety issues. The UK has one of the most successful immunisation programmes in the world.’


Victim: Hilary Wilkinson spent three months in hospital after she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome
When Hilary Wilkinson woke up with muscle weakness in her left arm and difficulty breathing, doctors initially put it down to a stroke.
But within hours, she was on a ventilator in intensive care after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
She spent three months in hospital and had to learn how to talk and walk again. But at times, when she was being fed through a drip and needed a tracheotomy just to breathe, she doubted whether she would survive.
The mother of two, 57, from Maryport, Cumbria, had been in good health until she developed a chest infection in March 2006. She gradually became so weak she could not walk downstairs.

Doctors did not diagnose Guillain-Barre until her condition worsened in hospital and tests showed her reflexes slowing down. It is impossible for doctors to know how she contracted the disorder, although it is thought to be linked to some infections....
Mrs Wilkinson said: ‘It was very scary. I couldn’t eat and I couldn’t speak. My arms and feet had no strength and breathing was hard.
I was treated with immunoglobulin, which are proteins found in blood, to stop damage to my nerves. After ten days, I still couldn’t speak and had to mime to nurses or my family.

‘It was absolutely horrendous and I had no idea whether I would get through it. You reach very dark moments at such times and wonder how long it can last.

But I’m a very determined person and I had lots of support.’

After three weeks, she was transferred to a neurological ward, where she had an MRI scan and nerve tests to assess the extent of the damage.

Still unable to speak and in a wheelchair, Mrs Wilkinson eventually began gruelling physiotherapy to improve her muscle strength and movement but it was exhausting and painful.
Three years later, she is almost fully recovered. She can now walk for several miles at a time, has been abroad and carries out voluntary work for a GBS Support Group helpline.

She said: ‘It makes me feel wary that the Government is rolling out this vaccine without any clear idea of the GBS risk, if any. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone and it certainly changed my life.

‘I’m frightened to have the swine flu vaccine if this might happen again – it’s a frightening illness and I think more research needs to be done on the effect of the vaccine.’

Hotline staff given access to confidential records

Confidential NHS staff records and disciplinary complaints could be accessed by hundreds of workers manning the Government’s special swine flu hotline.

They were able to browse through a database of emails containing doctors’ and nurses’ National Insurance numbers, home addresses, dates of birth, mobile phone numbers and scanned passport pages – all details that could be used fraudulently.

And private and confidential complaints sent by hospitals about temporary medical staff – some of whom were named – were also made available to the call-centre workers, who were given a special password to log in to an internal NHS website.

It could be a breach of the Data Protection Act.
The hotline staff work for NHS Professionals, which was set up using taxpayers’ money to employ temporary medical and administrative staff for the health service.

The not-for-profit company runs two of the Government’s swine flu call centres – with 300 staff in Farnborough, Hampshire, and 900 in Watford, Hertfordshire.
Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley described the revelations as ‘disturbing’.

Anne Mitchell, a spokeswoman for Unison, said: ‘There’s no excuse for such a fundamental breach of personal security. Action needs to be taken as soon as possible to make sure this does not happen again.’

A spokeswoman for NHS Professionals would not confirm whether access to the confidential files had been granted.
Chan Kong Choy did a Houdini Act to Jafza

Back to Kong Choy and the PKFZ debacle .

Chan Kong Choy did not reply to Jafza on the PKFZ difficulties . He was running away from its problems , in other words whether PKFZ survived or not , he couldn't care less .

In August 2007 the original cost of the project had ballooned from RM2 billion to RM4.6 billion because of, among others, overvalued land costs.

Despite all the investment poured into the PKFZ, what it has to show are rows of unoccupied buildings, an incomplete four-star hotel and kilometers of pothole ridden roads.

Documents obtained revealed that the falling out was because of red tape, political meddling, inaccurate minutes and attempted tax evasions.

Jafza executive chairman Sultan Ahmed Sulayem and its senior vice-president (international operations), Chuck Heath, had written to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy on March 11 and May 29 last year, respectively, complaining about the difficulties working with the PKA, but did not receive any reply.
In the letter, Heath alleged that the PKA had also overruled many areas of its responsibilities.

He also complained that transparency was non existent and the Malaysian political and economic landscape has too many vested interests seeking involvement and control in this project.

Later former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he had to get a report from Chan before commenting on the matter.

At the post Cabinet press conference , Chan said the issue was discussed in the Cabinet meeting and a statement on this will be issued soon.

One week later the Transport Ministry issued this statement on Port Klang Free Zone

The Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) management is confident of reaching 80% occupancy by 2012.
General manager (business development) Chia Kon Leong said this would mean attracting 650 to 700 companies to invest in the 404ha PKFZ.

In 2010, PKFZ is expecting a total revenue of RM40mil and it would be a self-sustaining company by then,” he said.

The Transport Ministry, in a statement, gave an assurance that PKFZ was an important national project and that the Government has agreed to provide a soft loan to PKA. The details are still being discussed.

PKFZ has received Government support as it will increase the cargo volume at Port Klang – the national maritime gateway – generate economic growth, create job opportunities and encourage supporting services, it said.

The statement added that the Government respected Jafza International’s change of policy and its decision to pull out of the agreement to manage PKFZ.
“Jafza withdrawal was due to its new policy to hold equity in the free zones it manages,” said the statement.

No hanky panky in PKFZ, says Chan. No hanky panky ?

Later in the week Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy came out to deny allegations that the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project is a failure.

In a written answer to Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur) in the Dewan Rakyat (Parliament), he said despite the PKFZ having only begun operations last Nov 1, it had attracted 30 investors with investments totaling about RM725 million and offering 809 jobs.

There is no hanky panky involved in the implementation of PKFZ. This project was approved by the government, he said.

Lim had asked why the problems and cost overrun involving billions of ringgit were not monitored despite warnings from the Attorney-General’s Chambers and whether there is any bailout of the RM4.6 billion spent on the project.

Chan said the project was divided into two portions – land acquisition and infrastructure development.

He said the land acquisition cost was RM1.088 billion and with the deferred payment period of 15 years at an interest rate of 7.5%, the cost would amount to RM1.807 billion.

This cost also involves initial work carried out, such as land reclamation, drainage, roads, bridges and other utility infrastructures,” he said
He also mentioned that the development of infrastructure facility involved a cost of RM1.845 billion covering construction of office buildings, light industrial units and other interior infrastructure construction.

Thus, the overall cost of the PKFZ, taking into account the land acquisition and cost of infrastructure development, interest cost of 7.5%, deferred payment, 10% professional fee and work changes limited to 20%, the cost amounted to RM4.632 billion,” he said.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Umno aims to oust Tee Keat, says Jui Meng

PERMATANG PASIR, Aug 24 Former MCA vice president Datuk Chua Jui Meng dropped hints that embattled Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat’s position as party president is under threat, insinuating at an ongoing conspiracy by Umno to oust him.

Chua, who quit the Chinese party to join PKR, told some 500 people in a ceramah here that many Umno leaders are unhappy with the way Ong is trying to expose the RM12 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal which, he alleged, would implicate many leaders from the dominant Malay party.

Have you seen the prime minister coming out to defend Ong? Have you heard of the deputy prime minister defending Ong on the PKFZ scandal? Or were there any other Umno leaders, for that matter, that have defended Ong on the issue? No,” said Chua.

“This never happened before. Last time, there was this strong camaraderie where leaders in Barisan Nasional (BN) would protect each other but this has not happened. The president of the second biggest BN component party is attacked and no one from Umno has come out to defend him,” added Chua,

He said the present situation, with BN component parties showing lack of cohesion and divided along racial lines, has caused disquiet among the people, especially the Chinese community.

This, coupled with widespread rumours among the ruling coalition’s inner circle that BN president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin are dissatisfied with Ong’s presidency, preferring his deputy Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek instead to lead the Chinese-based party, have undermined Ong’s position.

“All this shows that Ong’s claim that he is under attack, internally and externally, is true,” Chua noted.

In recent weeks, the MCA president has also found himself locked in between two battle fronts from within the party and BN.

Ong had worked hard to build up an image of being clean and transparent but his reputation is now in tatters following Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing’s allegations about a large donation and rides on private jets, and his position as party president is considered shaky with MCA deputy president’s supporters expected to push ahead with plans to call for an EGM to remove him.

Tiong is CEO of Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB), the main developer of PKFZ and whose company is under investigation by Ong’s ministry. Tiong had dropped a bombshell when he claimed that he had made a RM10 million donation to Ong “for MCA party purposes”.

Ong had also confirmed that the party’s treasurer-general Tan Sri Tee Hock Seng has been called up by MACC regarding the RM10 million donation by Tiong.

And my fellow blogger KTemoc has this to say.

Some three years ago, around September 2006, a then deputy Education Minister, Ong Tee Keat aroused the ire of Hishamuddin Hussein when he (Ong) exposed the corruption in a school.

Hishamuddin's cousin, Najib (then DPM) managed to get the Education Minister to apologise for his deputy’s (Ong’s) exposure of the rot in the education domain.

But much to the cabinet’s embarrassment, Samy Vellu confirmed what Ong exposed in that particular case, that corrupt school administrators couldn’t account for 90% of the maintenance funds, yes, 90% and not just 10% of the funds.

The word used was ‘embezzlement’. Ong Tee Keat exposed it, Hishamuddin was mad he did. Najib made him apologise (actually it was not actually Ong who apologised but his Minister).

Ong Tee Keat had then discovered UMNO didn’t like corruption (by the government lil’ napoleons or BN insiders) to be exposed. I believe that’s what Chua Jui Meng is now saying, that UMNO is once again mad with Ong for repeating his ‘mistake’, with the current PKFZ issue, ...

Anyway, back to Ong Tee Keat - Ong said of his intention to expose the PKFZ scam: I am willing to dismantle this time-bomb and if I fail, I will be the first to die.

In a way, I am waiting for death. Do you think Malaysians are stupid? Voters want transparency and accountability. Don't blame the blogs for posting gossips and speculations (on the PKFZ).

I am fighting for real and Ong Tee Keat never fakes his fights. As long as I have this breath, I will carry on this task.

If he doesn’t succeed, he knows that it’s not only him who will ‘die’ but the MCA as well.

This is my take on this issue . I wish to thank Datuk Chua Jui Meng for highlighting this fact that UMNO wants Tee Keat out . He has let the cat out of the bag .To me he is actually telling the Chinese Community that because Tee Keat is a downright clean politician and for that reason UMNO cannot tolerate clean politicians and hence the need to oust him . Another factor is the Master Slave relationship . Tee Keat has shown that he has the guts to speak out on the need for transparency and has shown that he is not a lap dog to UMNO and hence MCA under his leadership will not be a lap dog to UMNO or subservient to the UMNO master . And for this fact all those who talk about transparency in the govt should come out and openly support him .

On the Malaysian Insider spinning this fact , this is what they have to say .

Ong had worked hard to build up an image of being clean and transparent but his reputation is now in tatters following Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing’s allegations about a large donation and rides on private jets .

Ever wonder why the Malaysian Insider while clamouring for the BN Government to come clean and practise transparency would support the allegations of a suspect who has made fraudalent claims for his company at the expense of the public and taxpayers amounting to 660 million ringgit and maybe up to one billion ringgit ? So who is the Malaysian Insider supporting here ? The perpatuator of the fraud ? That's makes Malaysian Insider an accomplice of the fraud .

This, coupled with widespread rumours among the ruling coalition’s inner circle that BN president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin are dissatisfied with Ong’s presidency, preferring his deputy Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek instead to lead the Chinese-based party.

Perhaps this is true . They would have prefer a goody boy who would not say NO to them and yes for everthing they have to say . After all they have caught the actor naked , and if he were to say NO to them , they would apply subtle pressure to his most treasured part of his anatomy. And if he were to be a yes man to man , they will probably carressed it . I am sure they would like it that way , isn't it Malaysian Insider ?

Ex-transport minister Chan before PAC on PKFZ

RM4.6 billion PKFZ scandal - Chan Kong Choy still Minister of Transport

See What Lim Kit Siang has to say regarding Minister on the Run .

Is Kong Choy Talking Cock ?

Minister: PKFZ eyeing RM610mil investments

KUALA LUMPUR: Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) is in negotiation with 55 companies with RM610mil worth of investments, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy.

“In future, we expect more investors to operate in the commercial and industrial free zone,” he told reporters after the opening of the 7th Annual World Free Zone Convention yesterday.

PKFZ chairman Datin Paduka O.C. Phang said of the 55 companies, PKFZ was confident of securing four investors with substantial investments by year-end.
Chan said PKFZ had to date secured 35 companies with total investments of RM725mil, which had created 851 job opportunities.

“I am happy PKFZ has shown good progress since it started operation in December last year.

Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy (right) at the Convention. With him is World Free Zone Convention chairman Graham Mather

“PKFZ infrastructure is expected to be completed by mid next year and will offer about 20,000 jobs when it reaches full occupancy,” he said, adding that PKFZ's investment to date stood at about RM2.8bil.

Chan said as PKFZ would promote import and export activities, it would also enhance Port Klang's role as a national load centre and its competitiveness against other ports in the region.

Up to Oct 31 this year, PKFZ generated about 890 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) from its import and export activities.
Last year, Port Klang recorded 6.3 million TEUs, taking 16th place in the world ports ranking in terms of container volume handled. This year, the port is on track to hit seven million TEUs by year-end.

Chan said the Government had set up PKFZ as the country's first integrated commercial and industrial free zone.
“Through PKFZ, we want to establish quality infrastructure with minimal regulations, tax and customs exemptions, strong export focus, large logistics and storage capabilities.
“The objective is to attract investors to the port area and create a self-sustaining critical mass, which in turn spurs further investments,” he said.

PKFZ has shown good progress ? What Rubbish is he talking ?

Malaysia port project sinks deeper into money woes – News Wires –

A scandal-plagued port project that has embarrassed the Malaysian government amid accusations of mismanagement is in worse financial trouble than thought, according to an auditor’s report released Thursday.

The Port Klang Free Zone — a 1,000-acre (400-hectare) industrial and trading hub that opened in November 2006 — has been a publicity nightmare for the government over the past two years after Malaysia’s main port authority incurred massive cost overruns to develop the project.

The government approved a loan in 2007 to rescue the Port Klang Authority from debts exceeding $1 billion, raising opposition allegations of corruption and a lack of transparency in government-linked projects.

The port authority might have problems paying the loan installments, which would result in additional interest and send the project’s bill soaring to 12.5 billion ringgit ($3.5 billion), according to a report by accountancy firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which was appointed in October to audit the project.
The project had originally been targeted to cost 1.8 billion ringgit, but the figure ballooned to 4.6 billion ringgit by the time it was ready to open, officials previously said.

The auditor’s report listed a wide range of missteps, saying there was “a general lack of board oversight and governance.” It also noted there could be “potential conflicts of interest” in company officials involved in land acquisitions for the project.

The debacle has led current Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat to promise recently that the government would act on the PWc report and to take action against anyone involved in any wrongdoing. Failing which would see the Opposition capitalizing on this issue and with constant whacking the MCA and BN on this issue until the next General Election which will be held sometime before 2013. Yes , Tee Keat has to act , otherwise MCA will become irrelevant in the eyes of the Chinese community and the Business community in the next GE .

Dozens of companies involved in manufacturing, trading and logistics have set up shop at the Klang zone. It is targeted mainly at investors from the Middle East, China, Japan and India.

Government bailouts of prominent companies occurred regularly in the 1990s, damaging public confidence in big state projects. The opposition blamed the bailouts on corruption and undisciplined spending.

Is Kong Choy the one who benefitted from Tiong King Sing's gracious Donations of 10 million ?