Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ong Tee Keat is threatened suing a business weekly

Press should uphold the freedom of reporting but those journalists who are deliberately misreporting of facts should be ready to face the consequences arising from their action.

Ong Tee Keat

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said, there is one business weekly that had never approached him for any interview that deliberately painted him as a stumbling block to the release of such a report. He told reporters but did not name the publication.

“This is tantamount to libel … then you have to bear full brunt of laws of the land.”

He denied blocking the release of an investigation report into the scandal-plagued Port Klang Free Zone, saying its still classified and threatened suing a business weekly for its reporting.

He said it was up to the Port Klang Authority (PKA) to release the report by Price Water house Coopers (PwC). But he was considering submitting the PwC report to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) when it is released.

“I walk the talk, I mean it and I am going to do. It is grossly unfair for some of the snipers, including certain individuals of certain media, to pull wool over eyes of public by ignoring the fact that declassification has to be sought before we release the report.”

It was reported that the Edge business weekly reported yesterday that the total cost of the PKFZ could top RM8 billion instead of RM4.6 billion as promised by former transport minister Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy, due to higher than expected cost of funds.It also urged for the PwC report to be released.

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