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Prime Minister Abdullah should
explain why there is no open tender for the RM250 million CIQ flyover link
to the Johore causeway as Samy Vellu had “passed the buck” to the Cabinet
saying it is a Cabinet decision
by Lim Kit Siang
Furthermore, it runs contrary to his reform pledge of a new integrity of governance and repeated call for accountability and transparency through open tenders in award of government contracts.
When queried in Parliament during question-time yesterday, Samy Vellu said the decision to award the RM250 million contract to Gerbang Perdana Sdn. Bhd.was a Cabinet decision and that the Cabinet took two hours to discuss this problem because the new CIQ complex is due to open in September.
Samy Vellu said: “We cannot wait for another 24 or 30 months for the work to be completed. We have spent more than RM2 billion for the CIQ, we cannot wait for another 12, 14 or 15 months.” (Sun)
This led me to further question Samy Vellu why he was giving a different answer from the previous day when I had also quizzed him why there was no open tender for the new RM250 million CIQ contract – as Samy Vellu’s claim that there would be a delay of 12 to 30 months if open tender was called was different from what he said one day earlier when he had talked about a delay of six to nine months.
Samy Vellu refused to give a proper reply for the contradiction and inconsistency, resulting in a “shouting match” between Barisan Nasional and DAP MPs. In response to my charge that he was running away from the issue, Samy Vellu declared with much chest-thumping and bravado that he was prepared to handle not just 250 questions but even 2,000 questions coming from me.
I then invited him to a Q-and-A session before the media immediately after question time at 11 am. Although Samy Vellu indicated agreement at the time, he excused himself from the Q-and-A session after question-time at 11 am on the ground that he had a prior engagement at his Ministry which he had to keep.
I am extending to Samy Vellu a standing invitation to a Q-and-A before the media, for there are many unanswered questions both about the RM1.1 billion crooked half-bridge project and the new RM250 million CIQ contract awarded to Gerbang Perdana without open tender.
In his parliamentary replies in the last two days, Samy Vellu had tripped up on at least three glaring inconsistencies:
With these contradictions and inconsistencies as well as many unanswered questions about the CIQ and the cancelled crooked half-bridge, it is no surprise that Samy Vellu ran away from the Q-and-A session immediately after question- time yesterday, despite his bravado boast to answer “not just 250 questions, but 2,000 questions”!
Let me assure Samy Vellu that I will not have 2,000 or even 250 questions but only about a dozen questions – and he has to honour his bravado boast to a Q-and-A media session on the CIQ and crooked half bridge.
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman