Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ong Tee Keat - Smear campaign just another obstacle 抹黑手段仅是自爆奇丑

轉载自 翁诗杰部落格

作者: 翁诗杰








Written by Ong Tee Keat
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
I am not surprised that the smear tactics and character assassination against me had picked up pace especially with the latest revelations by the PKFZ Task Force.

If indeed I have received pecuniary and financial benefits for myself or the Party, there will be more reasons for me to protect the interests of the givers, as opposed to proceeding to expose their misdeeds. By doing so, I am risking my personal and family safety as well as my own credibility.

The allegation by Dato’ Seri Tiong King Sing that I have taken the RM10 million "loan" from him for use by the Party's divisions, are obviously made with several motives, including diverting attention away from the alleged irregularities exposed by the Task Force. It could also be meant to create suspicion among my Party comrades that I have pocketed funds meant for the divisions. The fact that he indicated that it was a loan could mean that he wants the option of taking me to court to further embarrass me.

The period mentioned by Dato' Seri Tiong was 2008, during which I was vice-president until I assumed the presidency in October. The need for me as vice-president to raise money for the divisions was a non-starter. Later, as President, we already have access to party funds and allocations. I doubt any reasonable person would part with RM10 million based on such a story.

I am very glad that Dato' Faisal Abdullah has admitted that those jets have been chartered by my office. This clearly indicates that I don’t accept privileges. If I have to, and am willing to pay for plane rides, I clearly do not accept bribes or favours.

In any case, my office has yet to receive invoices for the services rendered. If the charter company has been more efficient, I am sure my office would have already made prompt payments. I am sure businesses do not issue invoices through the press.

I will consult my lawyers and seek legal advice on the defamatory allegations.

I treat this latest obstacle as one of the challenges I have to go through. In no way will it deter me to ensure that the PKFZ issue be resolved in the best interest of the Government and the people. I also ask that I be judged based on my actions.

Written by Ong Tee Keat

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