MACC says nothing wrong in Sarawak road projects award


The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it did not find anything wrong in the award of tenders for three infrastructure projects in Sarawak, but said it would welcome new information on the issue.

Its investigations department director, Datuk Mohd Jamidan Abdullah said checks were conducted after a report was lodged on September 12, claiming that the open tenders for the road projects were subsequently converted to selected tenders, raising concern of a lack of transparency in the process.

He said, in a statement issued today, that the matter has also been answered in Parliament by the rural and regional development ministry, confirming no element of graft in the matter.

Two of the projects involved the Song-Kapit road estimated at RM100 million each, while another involved a bridge project in Kanowit, estimated at RM150 million.

Jamidan said information furnished the complainant lacked detail and evidence.

“However, we are willing to pursue the matter further if we get enough information and welcome the help of the public to add to our existing information,” he said.

Jamidan added that any information relating to graft activities should be channeled directly to the body to ensure better and effective probe.

“If you go to the public first with the information, we fear that it might jeopardise our investigations.”

He was responding to a report in The Malaysian Insider yesterday quoting Bandar Kuching MP, Chong Chieng Jen, who questioned Putrajaya’s award of a RM119.83 million road contract to an exempt “Barisan Nasional crony company”, which had quoted some RM20 million more than other bidders.

Chong claimed that Impian Zaman Sdn Bhd was awarded the contract to construct a section of the Song to Kapit road.
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