The Malay Mail, 05 August 2014 - PKR cites dubious dealings in seeking Khalid's ouster

The Malay Mail, 05 August 2014

PET ALING JAYA - PKR revealed yesterday that "dubious" business dealings involving Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim were among the reasons to seek his ouster, in a report to be submitted to Pakatan Rakyat (PKR).

PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, tasked to prepare the report consisting of more than 50 pages of notes including from party meeting minutes and court rulings, said there were questions about Khalid's integrity and so far, he had not given satisfactory explanations on those issues.

"For example, one of the explanations include negotiations to resolve debts with Bank Islam which is questionable with regards to the menteri besar's integrity,n he told reporters at the PKR headquarters, as reported by Malay Mail Online.

"Especially when news about negotiations to settle the debt was made public through the media, so one or two months after that, we found there were a couple of developments which strengthened our doubts involving hundreds of millions of ringgit in business deals which profited Eco World Berhad, a company controlled by Tan Sri Rashid Manaf."

Saifuddin, the former Machang MP, said the "tip of the iceberg" came after the debt settlement between Khalid and Bank Islam when Tropicana Corporation Berhad announced in March that it sold 125ha bought from the Selangor government last year to Eco World.

Less than a week later, Khalid reportedly awarded Eco World a contract to build 2,400 affordable houses in Sungai Sering, Ukay Perdana, estimated to be worth RM591 million.

The project was initially negotiated with another company over the past few years, Saifuddin said.

"This was among the few things the party demanded an explanation for, but did not get a satisfactory answer, which adds to questions about his integrity as a civil servant," he said when asked if there were criminal elements in the party's findings and if any reports were lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission or with the police.

"I didn't say (Khalid was corrupt) but we asked for explanations ... it is not my role to prosecute anyone."

He also admitted the ongoing imbroglio had led PKR and PR to lose some of its supporters but said he was confident they would return once the issue was resolved.

"It's not as if the support we've lost would automatically go to Umno, Barisan Nasional. We are praying hard that this will be resolved as soon as possible," he said, without offering a time-frame.

He said the rushed decision to sign the water restructuring exercise in the state between Khalid and the federal government was also one of the issues in the report..