Media statement by Liew Chin Tong in George Town on Wednesday, 18th January 2012:
Is the Proton deal another land grab exercise?
Is there a conspirary within the highest echelon of the Federal Government and Khazanah to transfer valuable and strategic land owned one way or the other by the government in and around Kuala Lumpur as well as other parts of the country to the hands of Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary?
The list of companies of strategic national interests now falling into Syed Mokhtar's hands of course does not end here. His flagship enterprises - MMC Corp and DRB-Hicom - are also involved in a wide array of nationally strategic sectors and industries from multi-billion defence contracts to rice and sugar to ports and independent power generation. He is also poised to enter the telecommunications space via newcomer Puncak Semangat, which was reported to be among the biggest winners of 4G spectrum allocations.
It begs the question whether there exists a conspiracy at the highest echelon of the Federal Government to transfer assets especially land into the hands of Syed Mokhtar in the event of a change of government in the next general election.
Prime Minister Dato' Seri Najib Razak who is also Finance Minister must explain the government's position on this matter.
* Liew Chin Tong, DAP International Secretary & MP for Bukit Bendera