Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has challenged Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz to reveal details in regards to 101 projects worth of RM6.61 billion under the Pakatan Harapan administration previously.
Mahathir who is Langkawi MP said, the details given by Tengku Zafrul was unclear and raised confusion.
“It is unfortunate that Tengku Zafrul did not list out the projects in detail. To ensure that the principle of transparency is being practiced, I call on the list of projects to be announced along with the names of those who received approved no matter who they are,” he was quoted as saying today.
Mahathir said people have the right to know all the information regarding the projects, especially those who enjoyed “the special favour”.
“Although Tengku Zafrul said that indeed this direct negotiation project was allowed, his disclosure was made as if it was something that was not allowed, and an error had occurred.
“All of this will raise questions among the people, and the people have the right to get full information about who can, the project where the value of this project. So that we can determine who gets this special favor. This needs to be disclosed to the people,” he said.
Last Monday, Tengku Zafrul told Dewan Rakat that the Finance Ministry, led by former minister Lim Guan Eng at that time, have approved 101 projects through direct negotiation.
However, he explained that, in certain circumstances, the method of procurement through negotiations continues to be allowed with the approval of the Ministry of Finance based on certain criteria such as involving the urgent needs of the country.
Following that, Guan Eng said, the number of direct negotiation projects, only represents four percent of the total development value or 1.4 percent compared to the total revenue during the previous 22 months of government administration.
According to Guan Eng, Tengku Zafrul needs to reveal the full list of the project and the comparison between the era of Barisan Nasional, Pakatan Harapan and the Perikatan Nasional administration.
PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man also urged the government to list out the projects which were awarded through direct negotiations, including the cost and named contractors publicly.
“People must be surprised with the revelation because all this while, Pakatan Harapan pushed the “no direct negotiation’s project” slogan, even in Pakatan Harapan manifesto also, all projects must proceed through open tenders.”
Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the revelation was proved to be another scam by Lim who had claimed that Pakatan Harapan was practicing ‘open tender’ as promised in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto.
According to him, it is also a form of robbery to the people’s property. “Guan Eng’s fraud was even more apparent when Senior Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali stood up to deny him in the Dewan Rakyat that the 101 direct negotiation projects involved were never discussed in the Cabinet.
“Umno Youth hereby urges the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to immediately investigate this matter so that any irregularities can be uncovered for the knowledge of the people.
“Umno Youth also urges the government to disclose to the public the list of 101 projects involved so that the people can know the true nature of the big robbery during the 22 months of Pakatan Harapan’s rule,” he said.
26th August 2020 11:02
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