In 2004 a matter came before the High Court in which a member of the Selangor Turf Club, Kim Chean Han, was charged with two offences of cheating involving RM 3 million, which was said to have been raised to fund former Deputy Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Hasan Arifin's campaign for a seat in the Umno Supreme Council (MT) at the party elections in October, 1996.
The offences were alleged to have been committed in 1996. During the course of the first day of hearing the following transpired:
Deputy public prosecutor Borhan Osman asked judge Akhtar Tahir to set bail at RM250,000 for each charge, but counsel K. Maniam requested that Kim be granted RM20,000 bail for both charges, saying that the businessman had come to court unprepared and had not expected to be charged. "He went to the ACA office in Putrajaya to pursue a complaint he lodged against another party," he said. "He was told they wanted to take his statement pertaining to his complaint, but when he arrived, he was informed that he would be charged today." Maniam said as Kim was not given prior notice, he had not had time to raise the money for bail, and it was unfair to impose such a steep amount although his two sons were prepared to raise the money.
(Businessman faces RM3m cheating charge,By Rosnazura Idrus,
30 July 2004,New Straits Times)
The charges were eventually dropped. So let us now recall:
He went to the ACA office in Putrajaya to pursue a complaint he lodged against another party," he said. "He was told they wanted to take his statement pertaining to his complaint, but when he arrived, he was informed that he would be charged today."
It has been learnt that Chan had lodged a complaint against the Selangor Turf Club's Board, alleging irregularities in the STC's 1996 decision to sell the STC Sungai Besi site to Berjaya's Vincent Tan Chee Yioun.
Advising the STC Board was , and remains, VK Lingam (correct, correct, correct) via a one of his satellites.
To state the obvious,charges in an ACA matter can only be brought by the Attorney General Ghani Patil.
Although by 2004 Mahathir was no longer PM, he continued to have strong ties to the STC Board, via Vincent Tan Chee Yioun and the Board's deputy chairman, Richard Cham. These ties remain strong to this day:
THE Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah were the guests of honour at the wedding of the Selangor Turf Club deputy chairman Datuk Richard Cham's eldest son Dr Alvin Cham recently.
The 1,000 guests at the glittering affair, held at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel ballroom, boasts a who's who list of prominent Malaysians.
They include former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen, Berjaya CEO, Berjaya Corpo-ration Bhd chairman Tan Sri Vincent Tan, former MCA president, Tan Sri Lee San Choon, former Dewan Negara president Tan Sri Michael Chen and banker Tan Sri Azman Hashim( see http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/2/16/central/20332916&sec=central)