"Transport Minister, Ong Tee Keat will honour all his payments and any obligation that is due."...The Star
This Ong fler is in the middle of the Port Klang Free Zone controversy and has been accused of taking bribes and more recently accepting free air-plane rides from a company that is involved with the PKFZ project. The bribes part I don't know la because I never follow that story. After all, Malaysian politicians, bribes, ho hum. But this latest development about journeys on private jets is quite interesting la. They say he accepted free rides on the company's jets but today Ong announced that he fully intended to pay for the use of those jets and will honour all his payments and any obligation that is due. And all that from his personal account. Now as an ordinary tax-paying Malaysian I'd like to ask some simple questions please. And I am sure that there are some totally logical and transparent answers.
Like, if Ong was willing to pay for the use of the private jets why didn't he do so until he was accused of all these wrongdoings? I mean if you asked somebody for the use of the private jets and intended to pay for their use then you would settle the bill right after. No?
Then you say you didn't pay because the company didn't issue you an invoice. How come you didn't ask? Somebody lets you use a Lear Jet and you assume that because you didn't get an invoice that it would be free and the company did you the favor because they like you so much? That is totally presumptuous. Also, that would be considered some form of gratuity wouldn't it? And if you're a high-level officer in government that could be interpreted as corruption and you would not want that to happen. No?
Since the accusations were publicised, Ong's officers have been coming out with all sorts of reasons why things happened the way they happened. My question is why only NOW? Strange isn't it?