Speaking to reporters here, Ong said it was a spontaneous effort by division leaders and grassroots members in the state to spearhead a campaign to support his move to solve the PKFZ debacle.
He said he was touched by their open support for him.
“I was going to Segamat to attend functions today (yesterday) and many division leaders in the state, including Wanita and Youth leaders, asked me to stop over in Tangkak.
“We discussed current issues and they decided to launch a signature-collecting campaign to support my endeavour in the PKFZ issue,” he said after a closed-door meeting with division leaders and members here yesterday.
Ong, who is also the Transport Minister, said the alleged fraudulent claims concerned public funds, which party leaders and members in Johor wanted him to recover.
He said when he decided to allow PricewaterhouseCoopers to audit and release the report he was exposing himself to all kinds of smearing and unfounded allegations.
He said he then had to resort to law suits to seek justice and to clear his name, adding that in doing so he was also risking his political career.
To a question on six MCA divisions in Johor protesting against him in Johor Baru on Thursday, Ong said the party practised democracy and he could not stop the protest.
“In a democratic society, we cannot stop anyone from expressing his views.
“And it is also democratic that many leaders and members have urged me to recover the RM1.5bil claims.”
SOURCE: THE STAR, AUGUST 29, 2009