In Part 1 of this posting, yours truly has dealt with paragraphs 1 to 4 of the press statement dated 28-4-21024 (just 4 days before the opening of KLIA2) of the learned and very independent Chairman of PAC, YB Datuk Nur Jazlan. Part 2 deals with the remaining paragraphs of the said press statement. For Part 1 of this posting, please read HERE.
For the background the said press statement was ready for distribution to the press before the PAC heard a single word from Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Ms Aireen Omar and Tan Sri Ir Jamilus Hussein (all from AriAsia) during the said PAC meeting on 28-4-2014.
The learned and extremely independent YB Datuk Jazlan seemed to have an extremely rare quality and/or talent of knowing what the 4 top managers of AirAsia were going to testify before the PAC. The timing of the PAC meeting was perfect and on top of it all the contents of the said press statement were equally perfect.
He should have been the first few candidates to have been picked for senior Cabinet positions but he was not. Such rare talent was put to waste in the PAC. YB Datuk Nur Jazlan’s rare quality and/or talent can be seen from his said press statement below.
PAC juga mendapatkan pandangan serta penjelasan daripada Tan Sri Ir Jamilus Hussein, yang juga ‘planner’ asal KLIA2 berhubung persoalan mengapa peranan mereka tidak diteruskan walaupun syarikat ini, mempunyai pengalaman terhadap pembinaan KLIA sebelum ini.
(PAC also received views as well as clarification from Tan Sri Ir Jamilus Hussein, who is also the original planner of KLIA2, pertaining to the questions as to why their role was not continued with when this company possessed experience in the constructions of KLIA before this.)
First and foremost, there was no evidence of corruptions or corrupt practices have been found in the AG’s Report. Secondly, it is not within the jurisdiction of PAC to investigate matters without evidence from the AG.
It would appear that PAC’s said finding under paragraph 5 was based on mere conjecture from certain parties and/or from company that was not given the contract to continue with the planning of the KLIA2 project.
It must be noted that Tan Sri Jamilus Hussein is the chairman of KLIA Premier Holdings Sdn Bhd (KLIACS) and more importantly, he is also the CEO Technical Consultant of AirAsia.
Quite frankly, the extremely learned and independent PAC chairman should be fully supportive of the decision of MOT, MAHB and Ministry of Finance to discontinue or terminate the service of the equally extremely learned Tan Sri Ir Jamilus Hussien based on the GLARING fact that he is the CEO Technical Consultant of AirAsia. To keep Tan Sri Jamilus Hussein as planner of KLIA2 project will be a clear case of conflict of interest.
KLIA2 was NOT funded by AirAsia but MAHB. KLIA2 was NOT built exclusively for AirAsia and its other outfits like AriAsia X. KLIA2 is opened other airlines not restricting to Malindo Air, Lion Air, Cebu Pacific Air, Tiger Air and Mandala Airline.
By virtue of these glaring fact, the extremely learned PAC chairman, YB Datuk Nur Jazlan, should not have waste the valuable time time in entertaining that equally extremely learned CEO Technical Consultant of AirAsia. His evidence is of no value except to show the possible existence of conflict of interest in his appointment as the original planner because he is an officer of AirAsia.
Secara kasar, PAC mendapati tiada unsur penyelewengan, pemborosan dan ketirisan dalam projek KLIA2 ini, kerana semua projek ini, ditender secara terbuka
(Primarily, PAC found no evidence of deviation, extravagance and leakage in the KLIA2 project because this whole project involved open tender.)
This was an indictment against the PAC chairman himself to embark in his crusade to protect the so-called public interest without an iota of evidence of“deviation, extravagance and leakage”. Further, the learned and extremely independent Chairman of PAC must have been presented with documentary evidence showing the said KLIA2 project was carried out with proper open tender.
Based on this paragraph 6 alone, a man with modicum intelligent would have came to the conclusion that at best PAC was acting as a busy body in investigating this KLIA2 project and at worst, it shows PAC chairman’s integrity is highly questionable. Was he trying to protect public interest or the private interests of AirAsia?
PAC sedia maklum daripada prosiding MAHB sebelum ini, yang menyatakan bahawa semua projek KLIA2 menggunakan konsep tender terbuka tetapi turut mengambil maklum bahawa KLIA2 adalah projek pembinaan lapangan terbang pertama yang diuruskan MAHB sepenuhnya.
(PAC was fully aware from the previous proceeding involving MAHB where MAHB has stated that all KLIA2 projects carried out with open tender but PAC was also aware that KLIA2 was the first airport construction project that was fully managed by MAHB.)
Quite frankly, it is strange that on one hand PAC found no evidence of deviation, extravagance and leakages in the KLIA2 project, no AG’s Report tabled in parliament about KLIA2 project and, more importantly, whole KLIA2 project involved open tender as admitted by him in paragraph 6 of his said press statement and yet he saw it fit to call the PAC to hear the four managers of AirAsia. Mr Learned Chairman of PAC, what were you trying to achieve with your pre-prepared press statement?
PAC has wasted its valuable parliamentary time and rakyat money to hold this special meeting to listen the verbiage of the top management of AirAsia namely Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (Group CEO of AirAsia Bhd), Datuk Kamarudin Meranun (Executive Chairman of AirAsia Bhd, Ms Aireen Omar (CEO of AirAsia Bhd) and Tan Sri Ir Jamilus Hussein (Chairman of KLIA Premier Holdings Sdn Bhd [KLIACS]) and CEO Technical Consultant AirAsia).
Atas sebab itu, PAC mahu mendapatkan penjelasan daripada semua pihak yang berkepentingan dalam projek pembinaan KLIA2 sebagai ‘lesson learned’ kepada kerajaan dan juga pihak berkaitan terutama sekali MAHB.
(Due to the reason aforesaid, PAC wanted to get clarification from all interested parties in the constructions project of KLIA2 as “lesson learned” to the government and, most of all, MAHB.)
It is not the role of PAC to provide special course to the government, MAHB and/or other government departments for that matter. From the said press statement, there is nothing for anyone to learn from except that Chairman of all Select Committee of Parliament should not be too eager to defend private interest to the extend of making themselves to look like a fool. Please take note Mr Learned Chairman.
Ia juga sebagai pengajaran yang boleh diperbaiki MAHB dalam menguruskan projek lapangan terbang memandangkan Syarikat Berkaitan Kerajaan (GLC) itu turut meneroka pasaran luar seperti di Turki dan Pakistan.
This is also a lesson, which can improve MAHB, which is a GLC, in the management of airport by venturing into foreign markets such as in Pakistan and Turkey.
Paragraphs 9 is equally laughable as paragraph 8 above. Since when PAC has the power to venture into giving lesson to the Government, MAHB and/or other department when there was no AG Report or evidence on the mishandling or mismanagement of KLIA2 project.
The only available “evidence” that we could think of was based on those questionable press reports published by that highly acclaimed Ms BK Sidhu, the editor of Business Star, quoting wholesale of what have been spun by top managers of AirAsia like Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Ms Aireen Omar and others.
What have been stated by Datuk Nur Jazlan in his press statement was most unprecedented in the history of PAC in Malaysia and other parts of the Commonwealth.
Stay tune for Part 3 of this posting.