No complaint of Dr Ling lying in PKFZ project, says former minister

  • Nation
  • Friday, 14 Oct 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Agriculture Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Effendi Norwawi told the High Court that he never received complaints of Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik lying over the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project.

He said he had also never made any police report against Dr Ling for lying.

Mohd Effendi was being cross-examined by Dr Ling's counsel, Wong Kian Kheong.

Apart from that, he said two notes sent by the Transport Ministry to the Cabinet clearly stated that the interest rate was not included in the original price of the land in Pulau Indah.

He said normally, the ministers would be given a draft of the minutes before a Cabinet meeting.

Under re-examination by DPP Manoj Kurup, Mohd Effendi said he did not know that the Port Klang Authority (PKA) and Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) had signed the sale and purchase agreement for the land on Nov 12, 2002.

Mohd Effendi, the 16th prosecution witness, said he had never seen or was shown the land valuation letter from the Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH) which was prepared by the then director-general, Datuk Sahari Mahadi.

He said he was absent from the Cabinet meeting on Nov 6, 2002 and did not know about the decision to purchase the 400ha piece of land in Pulau Indah at RM25 per sq ft and with payment of up to 15 years.

Dr Ling is charged with cheating the Malaysian Government by not disclosing to the Cabinet an additional interest rate of 7.5 per cent per annum on the purchase price of the land for the PKFZ project, which had been fixed at RM1,088,456,000 by the Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH) based on RM25 per sq ft inclusive of the coupon/interest rate. BERNAMA

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