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    PKFZ Scandal Public Forum

    PUBLIC FORUM ON THE PORT KLANG FREE ZONE (PKFZ) SCANDAL

    A public forum titled “The RM12.5 billion PKFZ Scandal: Will Heads Roll?” is organised to address the distress and concerns over the controversial oversizing expenditure surrounding the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project.


    Details of the forum is as below:

    Date:

    10 June 2009
    Time:
    20:00 - 23:00
    Location:

    2nd floor, The KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall,
    Street:
    No. 1, Jalan Maharajalela,
    Town/City:
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


    Panelists:
    * Tan Sri Dr Ramon Navaratnam - Chairman of the Asli-Center of Public Policy Studies, former President of Transparency International Malaysia, prominent Malaysian economist, former Transport Ministry Secretary-General
    * Captain Yusof Ahmad - former pilot superintendent of the Klang Port Authority and pioneer general manager of West Port
    * Lim Kit Siang - DAP Parliamentary Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur
    * Dr Tan Seng Giaw - DAP Deputy Chairman, PAC Deputy Chairman, MP for Kepong
    * Tony Pua - DAP Publicity Secretary, MP for PJ Utara
    * Teh Chi Chang - Economic Advisor to DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng


    Moderator:
    Izad Salehuddin, Foreign Investment Bank Manager


    In 2007, the Ministry of Finance has already extended a RM4.6 billion soft loan at 4% interest rate to PKA to salvage the project. Now, it appears that they will have to extend an additional RM3.56 billion loan to cover the cashflow deficit over the next 20 years! As projected by PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PwC), this restructured financing will cost an additional RM5 billion in interest costs over the next 42 years!

    The question now is, will heads roll over Malaysia's record bailout scandal, especially with existing Barisan Nasional leaders implicated by the project? Should the government continue to support the project with up to RM8.56 billion in tax payers' monies or should it cut losses and make better use of the funds for the rakyat in other more productive means?

    Amongst the distinguished list of panelists is Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, a significant Malaysian economist that have played an immense role to the economic development of Malaysia, including contributions towards the recovery of the 1997 Malaysian financial crisis. His previous experience as the ex-President of Transparency International Malaysia - an independent, non-governmental and non-partisan organisation committed to the fight against corruption – can further highlight the underlying problems of this scandal.

    Adding to the gist of the forum is Kapten Yusof Ahmad, a former pilot superintendent of the Klang Port Authority and pioneer general manager of West Port. He is currently an active port & marine consultant and maritime arbitrator. His experience and contacts within the Klang Port Authority will shed light to the management of the PKFZ project.

    Admission is free. For further info, please call 016-5941995.

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