MCA's Chua Tee Yong continues his attack on the Selangor government, insisting that there is something fishy behind the state's dealings with Talam Corporation.
Teoh El Sen, FMT
MCA continued its attacks against the Selangor government today, insisting that the PKR-led state and its allies are trying their best to cover up the Talam Corporation issue.
MCA Young Professionals Bureau chairman and Agriculture and Agro-Based Deputy Minister Chua Tee Yong today said the Talam deal has created “more questions than answers”.
Despite being ridiculed and facing a lawsuit threat from the state, Chua showed reporters a copy of the state assembly Hansard from 2010-2011, saying that it showed inconsistencies in Pakatan’s answers to date.
Chua then listed five questions that he wanted the state to answer:
- Despite two years of being involved in the Talam deal, the Selangor government has not provided an explanation on the possible overpayment of a total of RM99 million on two land deals (Bestari Jaya land allegedly purchased for RM42 million above market value and alleged overpayment of RM57 million for Danau Putra land based on the auction price).
- Why did the Pakatan Selangor government decide to purchase land which has potential complications or limited commercial value (that is, mining pond, land submerged underwater, land difficult to find prospective buyer, entangled in court case etc)?
- In 2010, Selangor government owed Talam RM30million (as seen in the Hansard of Nov 9, 2011) but suddenly in 2012 (after MCA’s questioning), the state disclosed that RM80 million was not collected from Talam yet. What is happening and why is this only being disclosed now?
- Why is the White Paper (on the Talam deal) not completed by 2010 as promised by Selangor government when the 2010-2011 Hansard indicated that there were no problems?
- Talam valuation is not approved by Bursa or the Securities Commission. As such, did the Selangor government use the state valuer to determine the price for each of the assets acquired instead of relying on Talam valuation?
“Obviously, these questions show a lack of competency, transparency and accountability in the whole deal. The Pakatan government has shown that it has not fulfilled all of its obligations or promises made to the rakyat of Selangor,” he said.
Chua claimed that the Hansard also indicated that there was no state valuation of the asset and land deals that he had raised, and there was only a valuation done by Talam itself.
No to debate
Meanwhile, on the challenge by DAP publicity chief Tony Pua to debate Chua, the Labis MP again declined to take it up, arguing that the matter could be fully “resolved” if Selangor state would come up with a White Paper.
“It’s not about me winning any debate… All these [questions] are supposedly answered in the White Paper.”
“From the time the Talam questions were raised, we got many different responses and a lot of shifting of goalposts. At first they say, ‘don’t worry we will table [the White Paper] by year-end’. Then they say they will sue MCA. Then they say they will appoint accounting firms. Then you have parties saying, ‘strip MCA naked’. Then they say debate?”
Stressing that MCA was “asking relevant and valid questions”, Chua hit out at Pua, saying: “If DAP has all the answers, then please help Pakatan complete the White Paper. MCA is asking relevant valid questions.”
Chua said that he found it funny that the Selangor government itself has not been able to answer his queries and needed “outside external consultatnts”.
‘Sidestepping real issue’
On Pua’s press conferences today saying that Permodalan Negeri Selangor Bhd (PNSB) is “thriving” under Pakatan, Chua said that Pua was sidestepping the real issue.
“I was talking about the two lands that PNSB was forced to buy; did Pua talk about that? Did he talk about the liabilities? Showing that PNSB is making money is another matter entirely.”
However, Chua cheekily “thanked” Pua for “confirming” that PNSB did take a loan of RM230 million.
“Let me remind them that there is another RM220 million that PNSB would have to pay for the RM450-million land. How did they pay for that? Was it paid at all?”
Since July 3, Chua had embarked on a series of exposé alleging that the state government had possibly used RM1 billion in public funds to bail out Talam.
First, Chua had alleged that the state lied about fully recovering its RM392 million debts when it “did not”.
He had questioned why in addition to a RM392 million supplementary budget passed in the State Legislative Assembly in 2009, an additional RM676 million worth of assets were purchased from Talam to further assist the then ailing company.
In subsequent press conferences, Chua also alleged that the Selangor government paid RM181 million for a piece of land worth RM139 million in Bestari Jaya in 2010.