KUCHING, June 8: Property developer Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing will submit a fresh set of documents pertaining to the proposed RM30 billion Langkawi New City project to Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir tomorrow.
He told a press conference here this morning that he had called the Menteri Besar’s Office to clarify the matter.
Ting claimed he began planning the proposed mammoth project in 1994 and that his initiative had received the thumbs-up from the federal government and Kedah government.
“I thought the Menteri Besar (Mukhriz) has record (of the project), but they (Mentri Besar’s Office) seemed to have forgotten. Anyway, I have called them (already) and they (Menteri Besar’s Office) were sorry about it. I will submit the fresh documents to him (Mukhriz) tomorrow,” he said.
Ting added that it was just a coincidence that he announced the project right after Pakatan Harapan (PH) took over Putrajaya and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad became prime minister again.
“I don’t want to confuse people. I’ve been working on this project for the last 24 years, not just yesterday. But people got jealous.
“They say I got my project approved very fast because I know Tun (Dr) Mahathir. No such thing.”
On him being served with an arrest warrant for failing to appear in court yesterday for a public enquiry hearing, Ting claimed he had written to the court for not being able to be present because he was busy preparing the proposed Langkawi New City project documents for resubmission to the Kedah government.
“I wrote to them (court) (to tell them that) I can’t make it as I was busy handling this Langkawi thing. (It’s) only a small matter to appear in court. Then (there are) people (who) want to embarrass me even though I already wrote a letter telling them (court) I cannot make it.
“(From) tomorrow onwards I can come (at) anytime, but they still want to issue an arrest warrant … trying to embarrass me.
“This world is like this. If you do something, people will think that you are bulls**t while trying to find reasons for you not to come and accuse you (are) like a criminal.
“I want to clear this. I was busy with the documents for the project and to assure investors that the project will carry on and can take-off anytime,” Ting explained.
Nonetheless, Ting said he was willing to let go of the issue, saying human beings make mistakes.
He claimed he had not received the arrest warrant yet and only got to know of it after reading the news online. He said he would show up in court on June 29 as per the warrant notice because he had nothing to run away from.
The arrest warrant was issued under Section 28 of the Insolvency Act 1967. A warrant of arrest had already been issued against Ting’s wife, Puan Sri Wong Sui Chuo, on May 18, 2018, for her failure to appear in court on that day.
Both Ting and his wife were expected to be in court to be questioned by creditors on his dealings and his ability to pay pursuant to Sections 17 and 31 of the Bankruptcy Act 1967. — DayakDaily