Friday, February 22, 2008

Chan Kong Choy dropped over RM 42 Billion PKFZ scandal and pressure from MCA President

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Chan confirms he's not contesting
Feb 21, 08 11:11am

chan kong choyMCA deputy president Chan Kong Choy, 53, citing his poor health condition, today announced that he was not contesting in the 12th general election.

He told a press conference held at the MCA headquarters this evening that he would not be contesting to retain his Selayang parliamentary seat in Selangor.

"After much consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election in the coming general election..."

His seat is now to be contested by a new face Lee Lee Yew, who is Selayang's MCA Youth chief.

“This is due to purely health reason,” said Chan, who is also the transport minister.

He denied that he was forced to step down due to the Port Klang Free Zone scandal.

"This is a speculation which I don't want to answer," he said when asked about the matter.

When pressed, he said his decision was not linked to the scandal.

The ruling BN coalition has yesterday finalised its list of candidates and it was learnt that Chan's name is not on it.

It is also learnt that Chan had met BN chairperson and Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at Putrajaya this morning.

At the press conference today which was also attended by MCA leader Ong Ka Ting, Chan said that he had expressed his intention to step down to the party leaders eight months ago.

PKFZ scandal

Chan has been embroiled in the Port Klang Free Zone scandal last year where the mega-project was eventually bailed out to the tune of RM4.6 billion by the government.

Last September, in the midst of the scandal, he was reported to have seek medical treatment in Australia.

At that time, there were rumours that he was about to quit his ministerial post but this was quashed by Chan on his return to Kuala Lumpur.

It is believed that he came under pressure from Ong to step down.


Watch 8-min video of Chan's press conference



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