3) DATO SRI CHUA SOI LEK
Dato Sri Chua Soi Lek - the man who fall from grace. As the proverb says a man may survive distress, but not disgrace. He is a very smart man full of wisdom and energy, but has fallen victim to his own folly and frolic with a woman who is not his wife. That culminated in the widespread distribution of VCDs showing him and his woman in a compromising position. Unfortunately the act in the video did not win him any Oscar for best actor nor best performance but it did brought him fame for the wrong reasons that resulted in his voluntary resignation from the Cabinet as Minister of Health.
But to DS Chua Soi Lek, man is the hunter, woman is his game so to him it is only natural which does not prick his conscience at all. To him conscience, in most souls, is like an English sovereign - it reigns, but does not govern. That’s why DS Chua Soi Lek does not show any remorse for his wrongdoings and yet he had the guts to contest the last MCA General Election and won the Deputy President post hoping that he would be nominated to contest in the last Parliamentary Election and later a Cabinet Minister. But his wish did not come true as the Government could not afford to tarnish the country’s image by having a porno star in its Cabinet. That would make Malaysia the biggest laughing stock in the eyes of the world. It cannot be imagined how the Prime Minister would answer to pressman if he were to be asked if inclusion of a porno star in the Cabinet has become the norm of Malaysian society despite its well known strict adherence to culture, religion and tradition.
The big question is why, DS Chua Soi Lek, despite being known to be wealthy and had the taste of power and authority, was still persistence in his quest for a cabinet post, especially the Ministry of Health? Other than his perverse for sex, this man too has a perverse for money, power and position. He was once the Minister of Health and since he was in office, though prematurely left over the VCD sex scandal, he saw many opportunities where he could make money through creation of projects under the said ministry. In one particular case DS Chua Soi Lek whilst in office together with his cronies had set up a ‘special purpose vehicle’ called Syarikat Kurnia Heights Sdn Bhd to buy one Lot 44148 located at Jalan Hang Lekir 13, Skudai, Johor Bahru, Johor, at a cheap price and later sell it back to the Government (Ministry of Health) for purpose of setting up a hospital.
Their scam can be easily carried out as only DS Chua Soi Lek and his henchmen had the forehand knowledge and information on the Government’s plan to build a clinic or hospital at the said location. To make their plan realized, Kurnia Heights had successfully obtained a Power of Attorney from the original owner of the land, i.e. Maha Global Sdn. Bhd after entering a Sales & Purchase Agreement to buy and acquire Lot 44148 in Oct 2005 with the purchase price of more than RM8 million. The said land was later sold to the Government of Malaysia at RM29 million.
Rightly the purchase price by the Government should be RM13 million based on market value as recommended by the Evaluation Office of Putrajaya. As a result, Kurnia Heights, through its scam and fraud had caused the Malaysian Government to lose RM16 million. What is perplexing is that payment for RM25,787,978.00 out of RM29,889,872.00 was paid direct to Kurnia Heights as trustee and caveator whilst RM4,065,060.00 to RHB Bank Bhd as the collateral party. Check with Malaysian Companies Commission revealed that one of the directors and shareholder of Kurnia Heights is Phua Tai Kiang, who is the brother-in-law of the Political Secretary to DS Chua Soi Lek, Datuk Tee Siew Kiong. The wives of Datuk Tee Siew Kiong and Phua Tai Kiang are sisters.
Another perplexing issue is that the wife of Datuk Tee Siew Kiang, Datin Lee Choon Guek, is one of the signatory to the cheques of Kurnia Heights. Beside this, another person identified as Tee Yok Ong, one of the siblings from Datuk Tee Siew Keong, was given the authority to collect the cheque from the Government despite the fact that he is neither a director nor a shareholder in Kurnia Heights. Despite the land scam and the sex scandal, our DS Chua Soi Lek nevertheless is going for the No. 1 post in MCA. He had actually over estimated his strengths thinking that it would be a straight fight between him and DS Ong Tee Keat, but his gamble backfired when Tan Sri Ong Ka Ting joined the fight. Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop him. So by outward show let’s not be cheated; as ass should like an ass be treated.