Chan outside the High Court in Putrajaya on Dec 13, 2014
PETALING JAYA: MCA respects the court's decision in the acquittal of former Transport Minister Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) case, said deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said the case should serve as a lesson for the relevant authorities to ensure that there was sufficient evidence to charge an individual.
"If there is no basis to a case, then the charges should be dropped instantly," he said.
Dr Wee was commenting on the High Court's decision on Monday to acquit Chan after the prosecution withdrew the charges against him.
On Feb 28, 2011, Chan was charged with three counts of cheating then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi by deceiving him into approving Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) as the turnkey developer for the RM1.9bil transport hub in the Pulau Indah Free Zone and renovation works at the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) site, between 2004 and 2006.
Chan, 58, allegedly concealed the fact that the project would be funded by a KDSB bond through Transhipment Megahub Berhad, supported by himself as Transport Minister.
He was charged with committing the offences at the fourth floor of the Prime Minister's Office, Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya.
Dr Wee, who is Ayer Hitam MP, said the public would have different opinions in such cases involving prominent figures.
"In this case the court has freed him of all charges (and) we acknowledge the position of the court and separation of powers," he said.
Chan Kong Choy acquitted in PKFZ case