The volume of investigations became so exhaustive that colleague Terence Fernandez came on board to jointly get to the bottom of it all. It was then that we discovered the "real" issue relating to the abrupt departure of Dubai-based Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) which was contracted to manage the PKFZ.
We wrote: The separation was acrimonious. The correspondence between both parties which we obtained, include strongly-worded e-mails, disclose that Jafza bailed out because of bureaucracy, interference by politicians and others with vested interests, deliberate incorrect minuting of meetings and even attempts at tax evasion by the Malaysian negotiators.
A turf war also erupted over Noel Gulliver, Jafza’s man, who was PKFZ general manager. He was escorted from his office to the Immigration Department for "being in gainful employment without a work permit" – although the agreement between Jafza and Port Klang Authority (PKA) indicates that it is PKA’s responsibility to obtain a permit for Gulliver.
The dossier, which borders on deceit and lies, points the cause of the collapse of the deal between Jafza and PKFZ at the government machinery and one woman – PKA chairwoman and general manager Datin Paduka O.C. Phang. (www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=18941)