NB: This press statement was released on 10.05.2012.

The Penang Institute, in conjunction with The Malaysian Insider, will be hosting the Penang launch of Dato’ Lee Hwa Beng’s explosive exposé entitled “PKFZ: A Nation’s Trust Betrayed”, followed by a forum on the same topic. The event will be held on 14 May 2012 at 7.30pm at Theatre 2, Wawasan Open University, Penang.

Leaving behind a black hole worth RM12.6 billion, the Port Klang Free Zone project has become one of the biggest scandals in Malaysian history since it caught national attention in 2007. While some mitigating measures have been taken and certain personalities brought to book, such as former Transport Minister Tun Dr Lim Liong Sik and former Port Klang Authority (PKA) general manager Datin Paduka OC Phang, the truth as to how a project of such great national importance ended up in a financial quagmire of corruption and abuse of power has yet to be revealed to the Malaysian public.

The PKFZ episode is a stark reminder of the importance of good and clean governance, as well as the need to exercise transparency and integrity in public office. Thus, Dato’ Lee Hwa Beng’s daring tell-all book which reveals critical details unearthed during his tenure as PKA chairman from 2008 to 2011 is extremely timely and relevant.

The book launch is set to be officiated by Penang Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng, following which a forum will be held to discuss the book. Speakers for the night include the author himself, Dato’ Lee Hwa Beng, MP for Petaling Jaya Utara YB Tony Pua and political scientist Dr Ong Kian Ming. The forum will be moderated by The Malaysian Insider’s chief editor, Jahabar Sadiq.

The event is free of charge and open to the public on a first-come first-serve basis. To RSVP, please contact Ivy Kwek via phone (016-7701187) or email (ivykwek@penanginstitute.org).

Zairil Khir Johari, Penang Institute CEO