Friday, August 10, 2007
Well, the shit has now begun to float to the surface. Malaysiakini today and yesterday highlighted wrong doings in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) debacle but there was nothing in other mainstream newspapers except for the Sun and the Edge. (Fellow blogger Rocky's Bru has also pointed this out, here).
How come no one seems bothered? The overinflated sum of RM4.63 billion for the development of PKFZ is actually more than the costs of developing both Pelabuhan Tg. Pelepas (PTP) and West Port combined! The fact that well connected politicians in the guise of businessmen are thumbing their noses and seem to be getting away with murder speaks volumes of the state of the nation. Like an opposition politician who recently made a police report on this, I have a good mind to do likewise but now that our police and judiciary have already become international laughing stocks I believe this will just be a waste of time.
The much respected Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA) of Dubai did not care to sit out their lucrative 15 year management contract and left in a hurry. Sources told me that there were discrepancies in minutes of meetings etc., which suggested of deliberate attempts to mislead the government and JAFZA was not willing to be made a patsy. The good name of Port Klang, the country's premier port, must surely now stink to high heaven in international maritime circles.
This will surely be Pak Lah's first major bail out using tax payers' money. Whatever happened to all the promises made? Many people I know are getting pretty cheesed off, and I for one am sorely tempted to quote Oliver Cromwell: "You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately. Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!"
Logged by The Ancient Mariner at 16:13