More information has been coming to light about the corrupted business ventures of Dato Jacob Sagan, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister for International Trade and Industry.
At the weekend we exposed how he, together with his wife and daughter, secretly hold a series of valuable Belian timber concessions in his own Baram constituency.
Now, thanks to comments from our readers, we have further identified that he, together with his wife, brother and sister-in-law, have also been raking in millions from government construction contracts!
RM 63.4 million in construction contracts!
We received the tip off from our comments page that Sagan is also involved with a construction company called Dema Tega Sdn Bhd, registered in Kuching.
Sure enough Dema Tega is Directed by Sagan’s wife Winnie, his brother Peter and his sister in law Roseline.
So, Winnie Jolly certainly makes an impressive political wife. Imagine being able to combine all those constituency duties, international ministerial trips and rearing a family with the Directorships of not only a string of timber companies, but also a series of multi-million ringgit federal construction projects!
The problem is that people in ministerial positions should not be involved in publicly funded contracts for obvious reasons. To do so is a clear conflict of interest and therefore corrupt.
Yet, according to the CIDB register, which records the companies who get government contracts, Dema Tega has received no less than a staggering RM63million in contracts over the past 5 years!
It must surely be asked, where did Winnie get her experience in construction and how did she and her in-laws get the money to invest in such mega building-ventures, which include a healthy chunk of an upcoming rural water project, funded by the Federal Government to the tune of RM2.5billion?
Time to be frank. Do we think that Dema Tega is likely to have been the very best value for money firm, that was selected out of a tough and open competition to take on this project, or do we think that Dema Tega will merely sub-contract the work and take a fat commission in the process?
In case there is any confusion as to where the profits from these public projects are going, take a look at who the shareholders of Dema Tega Sdn Bhd are.
Meanwhile, our comment column is beginning to throw up yet more information about the wide and varied government sponsored business activities of the pro-Baram Dam MP. According to readers, Jacob Sagan also has a lucrative licence to run one of Kuching’s top Petronas petrol stations!
What more can SR readers bring to light about Sarawak’s Dirty Datos and Wealthy YBs?!