Has Liong Sik been cleared
by ACA to be specifically conferred the nation’s highest honour of ‘Tun ?
Media Conference Statement (4)
by Lim Kit Siang
(Penang, Friday): Has former MCA President and Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Ling Liong Sik been cleared by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) to be specifically conferred the nation’s highest honour of ‘Tun’?
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said all Barisan Nasional candidates had to be cleared first by the ACA. As the Seri Setia Mahkota (SSM) award which carries the title ‘Tun’ is the nation’s highest honour conferred by the Yang di Pertuan Agong, Parliament and the nation are entitled to know whether Liong Sik had been specifically cleared by the ACA for this purpose.
This is a matter of great public interest, as the ACA had not been able to give a full and satisfactory accounting of its investigations into reports involving Liong Sik and his then 27-year old son Ling Hee Leong’s RM1.2 billion corporate acquisitions in a matter of months in 1996 and whether there had been improper Ministerial and political influence by his father as Transport Minister.
I myself had lodged an ACA report in 1997 and a second report in June 2003 on Liong Sik and Hee Leong.
Last August, DAP leaders went to the ACA headquarters in Putrajaya to find out the outcome of ACA investigations into the seven-year-case, and I was given two versions:
* Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader,
Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor & DAP National Chairman