|Tuesday, 09 October 2012 17:55|
KUALA LUMPUR: Wong Kian Kheong, former transport minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik's counsel in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) trial informed the High Court here today that his client intended to apply for a review of the three charges against him.
Wong said the decision to apply for a representation was made following fourth defence witness former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's testimony yesterday and today.
Judge Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi postponed the trial and fixed Dec 4 for mention pending the application to the Attorney-General's Chambers.
Dr Ling, who was transport minister for 17 years from 1986, is charged with cheating the government by not disclosing to the Cabinet, an additional interest rate of 7.5 per cent per annum on the purchase price of the land for the PKFZ project, which had been fixed at RM1,088,456,000 by the Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH), based on RM25 psf, inclusive of the coupon/interest rates.
He also faces two alternative (amended) charges of cheating and intentionally not disclosing to the Cabinet that the 7.5 per cent per annum was an additional interest rate on the land price.
He is alleged to have committed the offences at the fourth floor of the Prime Minister's Office, Perdana Putra building in Putrajaya, between Sept 25 and Nov 6, 2002.