Check the facts thoroughly before raising more queries on cabotage debate answers, says Dr Wee

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  • Thursday, 11 Nov 2021

KUALA LUMPUR: Do your due diligence and check the facts thoroughly before raising queries on my answers during the Nov 2 debate on the cabotage policy, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.

The Transport Minister said that he had decided to respond to the questions to clarify the matter and to avoid the people getting confused or misled after.

He urged DAP's Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming not to politicise the matter and to check the facts thoroughly.

"The cabotage issue was answered quite clearly on debate night. But it looks like Ong, an agent for YB Bagan (DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng), is still not satisfied and raised more questions some six days ago.

"I have explained the government’s decision during the debate with Lim on Nov 2, as a response to the letters written by tech giants to the Prime Minister’s office.

"But to the allegations you have made, I invite you to write to NTT Ltd Japan to confirm Yoshio Sato’s position in the Japan telecoms giant.

"Claiming that Sato is not with NTT without 'fact-checking' is 'disingenuous' of YB Bangi because his statement is defamatory to the gentleman," he said in a Facebook post Thursday (Nov 11).

The MCA president after Ong questioned the exact position held by Sato within NTT, with Ong claiming that the latter had left NTT.

In his Facebook post, Dr Wee posted a video of himself talking to Sato, adding that the video showed Sato describing his position in the company during their video conference on Oct 12.

"Typically, in any undersea cable laying project owned by telcos like NTT, there would be a consortium, with their ‘anchor tenants’ and 'service ‘subscribers’. But the bottom line is, Apricot's main proponent and the initiator is NTT Ltd.

"Check with the authorities in Indonesia and the Philippines, who is the project proponent for Apricot that requested a cable landing there?" he said.

The Apricot subsea cable system is a 12,000km cable connecting Japan, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore.

Dr Wee reiterated that Ntt had not intended for the Apricot system to land in Malaysia when it was planned in 2017.

"How does this justify these losses dreamt up by Lim? This isn't them merely making a mistake in numbers and figures, it's defamatory.

"I was still in the Opposition when the Apricot was finalised. Where is their logic?" he asked.

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