Court strikes out Chong’s application for documents over the RM11 bil “blackhole” case

By S. Harrish

THE Kuching High Court has dismissed Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen’s application for the state government to disclose documents in relation to projects funded by a certain RM11 billion budget.

In making the ruling today, Judicial Commissioner Alexander Siew said the documents, even if they existed, were irrelevant to the defamation case against Chong, according to a Borneo Post report.

Chong, who is also State DAP chairman and Stampin MP, had wanted all documents relating to the borrowings in US dollars by Sarawak Capital Assets Sdn Bhd, SGOS Capital Holdings Sdn Bhd, Sarawak Technology Holding Sdn Bhd, Delegateam Sdn Bhd and Aquasar Sdn Bhd vide Syndicated Loan Notes or issuance of Bonds under the Sukuk Murabahah Programme.

He also wanted minutes of meetings of the said companies, which are all wholly owned by State Financial Secretary Incorporated; and documents relating to payments made by those companies to third parties.

Last Monday, State Legal Counsel Datuk JC Fong had submitted that the State government objected to the production of the documents at the trial.

The State government is suing Chong for libel because of statements in a pamphlet distributed by Chong at a press conference on Jan 2, 2013 claiming that over RM11 billion of State funds disappeared into a “blackhole” for the benefit of cronies and crony companies of some State government leaders.

Fong had argued that the documents Chong sought, if they existed, belonged to companies wholly owned by the State Finance Secretary Incorporated and not to cronies or crony companies.

The High Court also fixed Jan 7, 2021 for trial after refusing the defense’s application to postpone the hearing.