Various reasons have been bandied about on Lim’s premature departure but both Lim and Ong were tight-lipped, although sources said one of the contentious issues was that Lim had briefed government backbenchers even before Ong had briefed the Cabinet on the report.
A source pointed out that Backbenchers’ Club chairman, Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing holds a controlling stake in Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) which is the turnkey contractor for the PKFZ project.
Ong has declined to comment, maintaining that what was of paramount importance was for the PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report – which has already been delayed by two weeks – be made public as soon as possible.
Sources said Ong briefed the Cabinet on the report two weeks ago and has remained steadfast that the report be made public although “there have been numerous attempts to prevent its publication”.
Despite Ong’s instructions for the report be made public, the PKA had shelved the announcement of the audit report to seek legal opinion on indemnifying PwC against legal suits by those mentioned in the audit.
Intriguing is that PwC is also seeking to indemnify itself against negligence, something which PKA chairman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng opined is impossible to do so.
Meanwhile, it is understood that Lim has not reported for duty since a board meeting last Thursday and has been “on leave”.
In an SMS to theSun, Lim said his resignation must first be tabled before the PKA board for it to take effect and declined to give any reasons as to why he quit abruptly after less than a year at the helm, having taken over from Datin Paduka O.C. Phang.
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