Black Hole: Chong files application to include CMS among trust fund recipients


By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen has filed an application to include Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) as one of the recipients of a trust fund set up by the state government in 2006, in the ‘Black Hole’ trial today.

He said some of the money from the Contributions Towards Approved Agencies Trust Fund was used for the construction of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) building and Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) by CMS, which were cronies of Barisan Nasional politicians.

“We discovered this during the trial; hence, we have submitted our application to amend the defence by adding an additional item (to include CMS as one of the recipients),” he said.

Speaking to reporters after oral submissions by both parties at the Kuching High Court, the Kota Sentosa assemblyman said CMS’s lawyer Lim Lip Sze, had also filed an application to set aside the subpoena requiring an officer from the company to appear as a witness and provide evidence in the case.

Apart from that, he said, the Sarawak government also filed to set aside the subpoena requiring the Sarawak Public Works Department director Datuk Zuraimi Sabki to be called to testify in the trial on some of the contracts given to certain companies in the state.

Chong said the reason the state government wanted to set aside the subpoena was because they refused to produce some documents which were classified as ‘Official Secret’.

“I don’t think it is proper for the Sarawak government, who is also the plaintiff in the case to rely on ‘Official Secret’ and refuse to produce documents which may be unfavourable to their case.”

In March, Chong obtained a subpoena to require Zuraimi to produce documents, including the contracts of projects awarded to a few companies in the state. Among the companies is Titanium Management Sdn Bhd, which had been appointed as the sole contractor to replace and build 384 bridges in Sarawak in 2000.

He also requested the contracts for the construction and completion of the DUN complex, BCCK and the Aquatic Centre at the Sarawak Sports Complex.

The Stampin MP is being sued for defamation by the Sarawak government and State Financial Authority for using the term ‘Black Hole’ to insinuate that RM11 billion had gone missing from the state coffers in 2013.

His allegation was published in Sin Chew daily, Malaysiakini, The Rocket and in leaflets distributed by him and the DAP.