Hornbill Unleashed

September 10, 2009

PKFZ – bottomless sink hole in Port Klang

By Sim Kwang Yang


Malaysia  Biggest Scandal PKPZNo, the hottest news in Malaysia nowadays is not about the MIC party election this weekend.  The MIC is a rich mosquito party that has nothing to do with the poor and marginalised Indians.  Who wins there is hardly newsworthy!

The hottest news these days is the bottomless sink hole in Port Klang, as more and more information surfaces of how billions of taxpayers’ money have been sucked into that financial black hole, created by bad planning and bad management.

As I write, on a Wednesday afternoon, the Cabinet is discussing what to do what a report submitted by a task force set up to investigate the irregularities committed in the PKFZ project.  For once, I agree with Kho Tsu Koon; nothing short of a Royal Commission of Enquiry, with wide terms of reference to get to the bottom of the pork barrel, will satisfy Malaysians who seek transparency, good governance, and accountability.

The original project cost was RM1.95 billion; now the projected costs hover around RM12 billion.  That will cost each Malaysian RM500; that means you and I are going to have to pay RM500 each for something we will never use.  How nice it would be if that sum of money could be used to build roads in Sarawak.  At RM1 million per km, how many kms of roads could be built with RM12 billion?

In the 1980s, when the BMF scandal incurring losses of RM2.5 billion surfaced, Lim Kit Siang – who is prone to the use of hyperboles – called it the Mother of All Scandals.  This RM12 billion PKFZ sandal can now be crowned as the Grandmother of All Scandals!


The 405 hectare land — originally farm land and mangrove swamps – was sold to Kuala Dimensi Sdn. Bhd. in the 1990s by Kuala Lumut Development Corporation Bhd for RM65 million, at RM1.37 psf and RM2.98 psf in two parcels.

Then Kuala Dimensi Sdn. Bhd. was appointed by the Port Klang Authority (PKA) – without an open tender – the turn-key contractor, to design, finance, and construct the PKFZ.  When the project was finished in 2004, it was sold over to PKA at RM25 psf.

Industry sources have pointed out that a fairer price for the land would be between RM17 to RM19 psf.  So how was the selling price of RM25 psf arrived at?  Was there any prior certification by quantity surveyors or land valuers before payment was made to Kuala Dimensi?  How much “extra” profit had been made by the turn-key contractor?

Managing Editor of the Star P Gunasegaram wrote in his piece entitled Lessons from PKFZ as follows:

“Tracking the entire project and looking at the things that happened along the way offers an astonishing study of how a badly planned and mismanaged billion-Ringgit government project eventually benefited just one company – the one that sold the land to the project and undertook the turnkey development, Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd.”

tiong KSSo far, the PKA Chairman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng raised the possibility of conspiracy in connection with the PKFZ scandal.  The five mentioned are Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd, its CEO Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, former PKA general manager Datin Paduka O.C. Phang, BTA Architect, and the consultant for development work Bernard Tan Seng Swee.

Lee also revealed that some of the parties had made unsubstantiated claims amounting to about RM1.5 billion, in a report he made to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

The latest name that has come to the surface, mentioned in the task force report, is Chan Kong Choi, the former Transport Minister.

Once again, we are treated to daily revelations of how big businesses, politicians, high-ranking public officials and professionals have worked hand-in-glove together to make huge profits at the expense of poor taxpayers.

We Malaysians should not be surprised by the latest round of revelations though.  This is our unique Malaysian way.  People go into politics to look for “kang tao”: lobang that can make you a millionaire many times over, overnight.

It is not likely that Kuala Dimensi is the only beneficiary from the PKFZ cash windfall.  There must be numerous sub-contractors and sub-sub-contractors and sub-sub-sub-contractors who all can share a morsel or two from this huge cash cow.  We know the unique Malaysian way of doing business: making a great deal of money without doing any work, as long as you have the political connections.

When the ill wind began to blow around the PKFZ rotting carcass, the CEO of Kuala Dimensi Tiong King Sing – Sarawak’s very own not-son-of-the-soil – threatened to sue all the media people for linking his company to the whiff of a scandal.

But I notice lately that he has given up suing people because there are simply too many people talking about him on the Internet.

insidepix1He as claimed that he donated RM10 million to the MCA through Ong Tee Keat.  I wonder why he did not donate a few million to the food aid charities for the starving Penans now.  Charity should begin at home.  Why should he help the stinking rich MCA in West Malaysia when he can help his poor fellow Sarawakians at home?

Ong Tee Keat has denied receiving money from Tiong.  He has sued the latter for defamation.  That is none of my business.  By the time this case goes to court, it will be 8 to 10 years from now.  By that time, one or both of these gentlemen could have been swallowed up by the bottomless sinkhole of PKFZ.

By that time, it will be too late to cover up the PKFZ Grandmother-of-All-Scandals.  It is like a political time bomb ticking away slowly to the next general election.

Cynical citizens like me would ask: is the PKFZ mess merely the tip of the iceberg?  How many similar mammoth scams are out there, waiting to be uncovered?  Now, we really need laws to protect whistle-blowers.

The best way to arrest this national cancer is of course to change the government at the federal level in some future general election.

(SKY can be reached at kenyalang578@yahoo.com )



  1. This man will have to face his creator after he dies.

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  3. In a bank robbery the robbers do not leave their names and NRIC.They do not sign an payment vouchers.Thus we may not know their identities.
    When the government is robbed of billions of dollars their should be names,NRIC and signed paper trails.All the government departments are glove in hand with the thieves.Otherwise they won’t release billions of ringgit without reason.Ah.White Hair has given his blessings to these thieves..
    Sunday November 29, 2009
    Billions siphoned – Sarawak govt steps in

    MIRI: The Sarawak Cabinet has ordered an internal investigation into claims made by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) that up to 60% of government allocations — running into billions of ringgit — meant for vital infrastructure projects between 2002 and 2008 have been misappropriated.

    MACC investigations showed that only 40% of the money set aside by the Government were spent on the projects. The remaining 60% were said to have been “leaked elsewhere.”

    Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said yesterday the state government’s internal audit department would carry out a detailed probe into the allegations.

    “The state government is investigating. We also want the MACC to give us a full and detailed briefing on these claims. We (state government) view these claims very seriously and if such abuse of government funds had taken place, we must find out who was responsible and take appropriate action against them.

    “This is government money that comes from taxpayers. If indeed funds from the Government meant for projects for the rakyat and the poor had been misappropriated, the state government wants action taken,” he said yesterday.

    He was commenting on a statement by MACC deputy commissioner Datuk Zakaria Jaffar that the MACC had uncovered cases in Sarawak where up to 60% of government allocations had been “diverted’’ away from the projects.

    Zakaria had said this in Kuching during an anti-corruption seminar a few days ago. He claimed that the misappropriation of funds took place between 2002 and last year, adding that MACC investigations showed that only 40% of the money allocated by the Government were spent on the projects.

    He, however, did not disclose what the projects were or which part of Sarawak the projects were being carried out.

    He noted that the projects involved infrastructure constructions for roads, housing schemes and mosques, among other things.

    Zakaria said MACC investigations found that many of these projects were poorly-implemented while some had not even begun despite the fact that the Government had already channelled the money for them.

    “The MACC found that there were fake claims made by officials and contractors involved in these projects,’’ Zakaria said.

    Dr Chan, who is State Industrial Development Minister and State Minister for Agriculture Modernisation, said yesterday that the state government had always been very strict with how allocations from the Federal Government are used.

    He said the Sarawak Cabinet had always been transparent with taxpayers’ money.

    “I am happy that the MACC had exposed the issue. If they are doing their job properly, we are thankful because this is for the good of the rakyat,’’ he said.

    State Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg wants the MACC to give him more details about the housing projects said to be affected by the misappropriation of government funds.

    Comment by boh kee eng — November 29, 2009 @ 8:44 AM | Reply

  4. Our motherland Malaysia is a rich country.We have plenty of natural resources.We have a highly educated and hard working work force.But a large portion of our population remains dirt poor.I have served as a government health worker for more than 30 years.I have traveled to all the interiors of Sarawak.The natives there are dirt poor.They do not have enough food,medicine,clothes over their back and shoes on their feet.Many of them die young.The Penans,Kayans,Kenyahs and majority of Orang Ulus have nothing in their pockets except a sad tearful look in their eyes.
    On the other hand Taib Mahmud rapped the country of all its money.He built mega structures that is only good for his own pockets.All the Barisan Nastional ADUNS are Taib Mahmuds’s lap dogs.The sit in the Dewan Negeri with tongues hanging out of their mouths.They are waiting for money to be thrown to them by their Grand Master the White Hair.Then they would quickly pick it up and put it in their pockets.When ever a bill is tabled all of them will waggy, waggy their tails in unison.They will approved everything Taib Mahmud says or do or implements.
    I know most of the ADUNS before they were elected and many of them are poor.But within one term as ADUNs they will be multi millionarie with many beautiful houses.That is the shortest way to richness.

    Comment by yao siew lian — November 26, 2009 @ 12:22 PM | Reply

    • “I know most of the ADUNS before they were elected and many of them are poor.But within one term as ADUNs they will be multi millionarie with many beautiful houses.That is the shortest way to richness.”

      to name few…. Nelson Balang Rining, Lihan Jok, Awang Tengah….

      Comment by falcon — November 29, 2009 @ 5:35 PM | Reply

  5. Wht is ISA or Internal Security Act ?? ?
    I have a happy family.We have two working parents and 4 children.We have savings of more than 1.25 million ringgit from our salaries and acquired properties.
    If some people said that we are bad people we will get angry.We can scold him and ask our lawyers to summon him to court.It will not affect the security and future of our family.
    But if someone robbed us of all our savings of 1.25 million our future and security would be gone.In this case we have to ask the police to arrest him.We will put all our resources against him.Our future is at stake and we have to attack back for survial.
    In Malaysia the ISA is used wrongly.Teresa Kok was taken in by ISA for talking about racial tolerance.Tiong King King with 12.5 billion of the people’s money in his pocket is laughing everyday.Eric Chia of Perwaja laughed everyday in court..

    I just want to ask the Home Minister ??
    Will robbing ther akyat of 12.5 billion affect the security of the country??/
    When poor people have no food they will,be forced to rob others.The snatch bag thieves have killed so many innocent woman.The police have shot dead many small thieves.Why don’t they shoot the big thieves???

    Comment by Boh Kee Eng — November 26, 2009 @ 10:38 AM | Reply

  6. He started off as a small hooligan in Sibu,
    Extorting coins from school boys,
    Now he has tens of billions of ringgit hidden in Taiwan,
    How can he be the loser???,
    He just enjoyed playing ping pong games with the authority.
    He stayed back in Sarawak because of his philosophy,
    ” Par See Mor Chow ” in Foochow,
    ie I will not run even if you beat me to death.
    The is most respected in ‘Kar Liew Yang ” lifestyle
    ie Somebody who has come to play and live on the wrong side of the law. And beating the game of all law enforcement bodies.By corruption of course.
    If you do not believe me ask his Personal Assistant and lawyer of many years Ms Lau.
    She just set up a private office to defend the 500 million defamation suit by Ong Tee Kiat.

    Comment by yau siiew lian — November 15, 2009 @ 9:49 AM | Reply

  7. In Sarawak if you want to go from rags to richness you must master ” The Act of Handling Corruption “.
    The Golden Rule is ” Never reveal the names and amount ofd money you gave to a corrupted person”.Otherwise nobody will take corrupted money from you again.
    It is just like the business of prostitution.The prostitude can be very desirable and beautiful.But if she announce to the mass media the names of her sex customers and the amount of money they paid for her services.Nobody would ever buy her sex services again.
    Tiong King Sing is just like the foolish prostitude.He make public the 10 million ringgit he gave to Ong Tee Kiat.It does not matter whether it is true or not.Nobody will ever dare to touch him again.
    He should learn from his fellow black boss Ting Bek King.
    This big black boss can make the Bakum Dam timber disappear overnight like David Copperfield.Yet he can keep all his jet planes flying in the air space.
    Tiong King Sing have his two jet planes taken away.What a shame for all Sarawakians.
    After the court cases are over I want them to be kept in the Kuching Museum.They would be labelled as ” The planes of the fool of a corrupted man”

    Comment by balingian headman — November 4, 2009 @ 4:38 PM | Reply

  8. Tiong King Sing behaved like a gangster in front of everybody in the world.
    He is famous for his “ONE TO ONE” challenge to everybody.And he has stolen billions of ringgit from our poor country.Now the government have to cut down spending on all areas.A lot of poor people are going to have a hard life.Our country has gone backwards because of him.
    Thwere is another Malaysian gangster called ” Botak Chin ”
    Was Botak Chin a most powerful gangster in Malaysia ?
    I heard ppl said this robber rob the money and gave to poor ppl.. and when he been arrested there have 400 cops to capture him..Is that true ?
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    Why do you think Botak Chin was not a powerful gangster ? He been arrested by four hundred police i mean there never have a gangster or mob been capture like that many ppl in malaysia history
    So if you think hes not then who are the most powerful gangster ??
    1 year ago

    Adui [?]… That robber was powerful in 1979 long time ago… He is not bald..why is nobody know this robber history ??
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    no , if he the powerful gangster he never been arrested and hang till died
    Wong Swee Chin
    born;Kuala Lumpur on 1951.
    Age :15 out of school , a year work at Jalan Tun Ismail market join the (Geng 360) there
    first robbery :19 April 1969.
    first weapon: .22 revolver and own him self a new gang for 8 times robbery on that year
    Botak Chin arrested and 7 years in prison
    November 1974.out of prisoner.
    April 1975 creat new gang with Ng Cheng Wong (Ah Wong), Beh Kok Chin (Pangkor Chai) & Teh Bok Lay (Seh Chai).
    A month later been in Thailand for deal a new weapon

    the real gangster do everything alone and no one knows

    Why should we treat Tiong King Sing different from Botak Chin.

    Everybody knows that tiong King Sing is a gangster too.

    Comment by Balingan Headman — September 30, 2009 @ 8:32 AM | Reply

    • “Tiong King Sing behaved like a gangster in front of everybody in the world”

      Like a gangster??? He’s the Boss of the gengsters!!! one of the big boys….. and its a known fact.

      Comment by headhunter 2 — October 21, 2010 @ 6:48 PM | Reply

  9. The BN always says they will fight for the Bumiputras.The first Bumiputras in Sarawak are the Penans.They are gentle and quiet jungle people.Their women are systematically raped by Chinese loggers.Many of them are released from Operation Kenyalang and Simpang Renggam on a short term detention.Then you bring rapped Penan girls to the High Court and get the cross examined by some powerful Queens Counsel.The uneducated Penan girls will be confusedby his cross examination.The rapist will go free.

    Comment by Balingan Headman — September 29, 2009 @ 6:34 PM | Reply

  10. Sarawak has the most corrupted democratic election process among all the 10 ASEAN countries even since election was introduced into the civilised world.All the Ministers leaded by the Chief Minister are corrupted to the bone marrows.They started as nobody and within four yeras as ADUN they will be rich as a Arabian crude oil princes.Wine, woman and songs until the next election time.They they will go down to corrupt the poor people with at the grass root level.They will bring down boxes and boxes of new fifty dollar notes and distributed them among the poor.For a few days the hardcore poor will live like Arabian princes too.Wine,Woman and songs.They then will elect the BN candidate into the ADUN.Once the election is over the ADUN will abandon them again.THe poor Melanaus will go back to make keropok for one ringgit again.Many of them are the Chief Minister Melanau blood relatives.
    I have been in business in Balingan for 50 years.I would stock my shop with brandies and all other goodies.I could collect one million ringgit of new fifty dollars notes each election.My neighbouring shops collected much more.Chinese towkays are alawys the banker and finally takes all the money.

    Comment by Balingan Headman — September 29, 2009 @ 6:26 PM | Reply

  11. Lawyers are clowns and actors in the criminal world without the guts of criminals.
    If a lawyer sues you just go and see him personally.
    All lawyer rooms have closed door privacy,
    You take up his pen and point at at his face for a few minutes,
    He will drop the case immediately,
    Look at his pants,
    He would have pissed in his pants.
    If he reports you to the police,
    Just say NO,
    It is his words against your words,
    He knows enough law to know that he has no witness.
    He cannot make a case against you.

    Comment by Francis Jew — September 29, 2009 @ 4:19 PM | Reply

  12. The Laws protect the guilty if they have the money to employ lawyers to pull the case all over and up the four levels of courts.The prosecution case is going to break in between somewhere and somehow in the process of criminal procedure code of Law.The accused is going to be aquitted on technicalities.
    That means that he is guilty but the prosecution case is not good enough to nail him.
    In Sibu four hooligans raped,murdered and cut to pieces a 15 years old school girl.They even took hundreds of thousands of ransom money from the fried mee stall parents.They were aquitted from the charge of murder when the lawyewrs appaeled to a higher court.The lawyers made plenty of money breaking the case.But later the lawyer Fabian Lim was shot dead by one of the murderers.He was fool enough to sue a murderer bankrupt for failure to pay his legal fees in full.He was shot down like a diseased dog in front of his family with a pump gun.
    May God have mercy on his soul.May other lawyers in Sibu take a lesson gun shots are more powerful than the penal code.

    Comment by Francis Jew — September 29, 2009 @ 4:11 PM | Reply

  13. Corruption is just like having sex with a prostitude.Everybody (except a few) enjoys it.The game is not to get caught by your wife.
    Most of the politicians are corrupted.But they never get caught.Not like the fool Khir Toyo..He is kurang ajar dalam rasuah..Mesti belajar dari Cikgu Taib Mahmud.

    Comment by francis jew — September 28, 2009 @ 9:15 PM | Reply

  14. I worked for thirty over years handling payments in one the government department.When it comes to paying out government money there are so many checks and balances.
    Say for example there is a contractor who repairs the gate for five thousand ringgit.If I made out a payment for fifty thousand ringgit it will never get through at all.There will be queries all over.
    As for the PKFZ project everybody is guilty.They are all from hell itself.Everybody is a devil.It is only a matter of a bigger devil or a smaller devil.They shall all be burned in hell.
    In modern China they have a good way of dealing with such devils.A bullet to the bak of the ear.
    Our country hand a drug pusher for selling a few grams of heroin.But the let the crooks tat rob our country of billionns go scotch free.

    Comment by Francis Jew — September 23, 2009 @ 10:54 PM | Reply

  15. All is fair in love and in war.But before you fall in and out of love you must learn from the experiences of cases that has precedent over your case.In wars the military strategists would dig out war experiences that may be as old as five thousand years old.During the desert wars of 1960s and 1970s the Israelite banked on the fighting experiences during of the wars of ancient kings.They won the wars hands down over the Arabs.
    Corruption is the oldest profession in the world but not prostitution.The inborn moral values of a woman has to be corrupted to a certain level before she agrees to sell her body for money.
    Corruption on billion dollar mammoth projects can only happen in Sarawak.The Bakun Dam project can just vanish from the hands of the first contractor and appears in the hands of the second contractor.In between the darkness and light billions changed hands.
    Who say Sarawakians lives in trees ?
    Come and learn from us.

    Comment by li eng hock — September 19, 2009 @ 10:15 PM | Reply

  16. Why so much drama? Just refuse to pay and force the creditors to open legal proceedings. Better still if the legal venue is outside Malaysia. Lets find out who aided and abetted in financing this scheme. Everyone so silly lah.

    Comment by MeesterT — September 11, 2009 @ 2:03 AM | Reply

  17. That’s why they are so determined to grab back Selangor from PR in order that all these mammoth scandals will be able to be kept under wrap. There are likely to be more of these scandals yet to be exposed…..the Asia Petroleum Hub (APH) project could be one that’s surfacing.

    Comment by focussed08 — September 10, 2009 @ 11:49 PM | Reply

  18. Voting BN in the next GE is like inviting a python into the chicken coop.

    People, you’ve been warned.

    Comment by telur dua — September 10, 2009 @ 7:15 PM | Reply

  19. scandal after scandal have surface but till today we haven’t seen one big fish been sent to prison. this time i will be disappointed again ,for sure, becos after sometime and a bit of twist and turns, all will be swept under the carpet.

    i urge Najib to use his good office to leave no stone unturn to find the culprits and bring them to face the court. As we have lost faith in macc, the only hopes lies in the hands of the PM. He MUST act decisively in order to teach all those corrupted a lesson.Let this be the last scandal for malaysia.

    Comment by Lee k**n Yew — September 10, 2009 @ 6:07 PM | Reply

  20. i owe the IRS rm1200, they promptly sent me a letter and copied it to my employer to deduct my salary for the said sum. very efficient indeed. and all this efficiency just to feed the the filthy and dirty rich. i worked hard for the money that i earned, it pains me to see something like this. someone must answer, not just give promises. someone must go to jail or else i promise my vote will go to the opposition. that is a promise. i believe i speak for the majority of malaysians.

    Comment by selves — September 10, 2009 @ 5:56 PM | Reply

  21. There is no way this problem is going to be solved. Only a Royal Commission of Inquiry, given a limited period, so that action can be takenquickly to remedy the matter. Those prosecuted and found guilty should be jailed and not fined. Paying a fine is a joke for these multi-millionaire thieves. They should be consided national thieves.These enemies of the people should be blacklisted and not allowed to open any bussines until they die.

    Comment by Mohd Hussain Mohd Ibrahim — September 10, 2009 @ 5:53 PM | Reply

  22. I am an Apolitical OrangKampung, nor Religious, nor Learned. I believe we are the One, created >
    of one Soul, one Body and Wisdom (Integrity)The Man
    Our Wisdom played the roles of our Life, Activities
    and Desires:- A wise Man would said:- Let my Wisdom
    controls my Desires, not my Desires to manipulate
    my Wisdom to Corrupt Me and to Sin


    Comment by OrangKampung — September 10, 2009 @ 5:28 PM | Reply

  23. 12billions, so what? we will bankrupt d whole country, so what? kugan, so what? teoh beng hock, so what? u axxholes elected us rule.

    Comment by liewricky — September 10, 2009 @ 5:27 PM | Reply

  24. Laws to protect whistleblowers????
    You gotta be kidding man.
    Would you give a loaded gun to someone that’s hell-bent on seeing you dead?.
    Same difference man, same difference.
    Great article by the way.

    Comment by Fish — September 10, 2009 @ 5:25 PM | Reply

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