PKFZ scandal: Phang, two others charged

(Free Malaysia Today) – Former Port Klang Authority general manager O.C. Phang, 63, was charged today with three counts of criminal breach of trust over the Port Klang Free Zone scandal.

She claimed trial to all three charges. The Sessions Court here allowed bail of RM300,000 in one surety.

Two others who were arrested with Phang this morning were also charged in the same court.

The chief exeutive officer of Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd, Steven Abok, and consultant architect Bernard Tan Seng Swee claimed trial to 26 charges.

Sessions judge Yong Zaridah Sazali  ordered Phang, who was represented by Ng Aik Guan, to surrender her passport and fixed hearing of the case for Jan 12.

Deputy public prosecutors Manoj Kurup, Dzulkifli Ahmad and Hashley Tajudin appeared for the prosecution while Tan Hock Chuan represened Abok and George Varghese appeared for Tan.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which conducted an inquiry into the scandal, had recommended that police and the MACC investigate Phang and former transport minister  Chan Kong Choy in connection with the scandal.

The PAC probe began after former PKA chairman Lee Hwa Beng lodged a police report in August, alleging possible fraud amounting to RM1.5 billion.

The committee found that the three letters of support issued by Chan and the three letters of undertaking from Phang were an implicit government guarantee that PKA would be allowed to fulfil its obligations under the PKFZ development agreement.