The Finance Ministry has released a list of all the 101 government projects worth RM6.61bil that were awarded via direct negotiation during the 22-month Pakatan Harapan administration.
Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz yesterday said that PH approved 101 projects worth RM6.6 billion through direct negotiations while replying to a question from Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian) at the Dewan Rakyat, who asked if there were any open tenders carried out under the previous administration.
“As far as I know, there were no such requests for approvals (for direct tenders) made during Cabinet meetings,” said Zuraida, who helmed the same ministry in the PH administration.
“Whichever ministry is involved, (former finance minister) Lim Guan Eng can expose it since he knows about it,” she said.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it would conduct a holistic study to determine if there were any elements of corruption, irregularities or abuse of power involved.
Clearly Lim Guan Eng, DAP and Pakatan Harapan are in panic mode. The revelation that 101 government projects worth RM6.61 billion were implemented on a direct-negotiation-without-tender basis has spooked them big-time.
As what the Finance Minister said, this is not a legal issue. It is not a crime for the government to implement projects on a direct-negotiation-without-tender basis. So why are Lim Guan Eng, DAP and Pakatan Harapan so spooked?
Well, abolishing direct-negotiation-without-tender government jobs is one of Pakatan Harapan’s top ten election promises. And they claimed this was going to be done in the first 100 days of Pakatan Harapan’s rule. And now we find that Pakatan Harapan broke that promise, as they did many others.
Guan Eng is now known as “Mister 10%”
Lim Guan Eng’s, DAP’s and Pakatan Harapan’s defence is that they are not the only ones guilty of implementing projects on a direct-negotiation-without-tender basis. Barisan Nasional also did the same. In fact, Barisan Nasional has done even more than just the RM6.61 billion that Pakatan Harapan was alleged to have awarded on a direct-negotiation-without-tender basis.
In fact, it is not 101 projects worth RM6.61 billion. It is less than that. It may even be less than RM1 billion, just a few hundred million, argues DAP and Pakatan Harapan.
Using that same line of defence, Najib Tun Razak can also argue that the 1MDB money he was alleged to have stolen is far less than the amount of money which Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was alleged to have stolen.
In fact, it is not RM42 billion, which Mahathir, Guan Eng and Pakatan Harapan alleged, Najib can argue. Mahathir, Guan Eng and Pakatan Harapan lied. Thus far, he has been convicted for only RM42 million in the SRC case, which is 0.1% of RM42 billion. And, even then, he is appealing the conviction.
Yes, same argument as what Guan Eng, DAP and Pakatan Harapan are using.
Pakatan Harapan promised ZERO direct-negotiation-without-tender contracts in 100 days
Pakatan Harapan promised ZERO direct-negotiation-without-tender contracts. So even if it was not 101 but only 90 and even it was not RM6.61 billion but only RM5 billion, that does not make them innocent of breaking their election promise.
Is this what Mahathir meant by Pakatan Harapan’s election promises are unrealistic and cannot be kept and that election promises are not the word of God anyway?
Oh, and by the way, can Pakatan Harapan now reveal how much legal work the then Attorney-General, Tommy Thomas, gave to his Indian lawyer friends plus his own firm on a direct-negotiation-without-tender basis? You will be surprised when you find out how much they are worth.
Source : Malaysia Today