Selangor accuses Khir Toyo of giving RM244m projects to co-accused

By Shannon Teoh, The Malaysian Insider

SHAH ALAM, Jan 18 – Selangor accused Dr Mohd Khir Toyo today of awarding five direct tenders worth RM244 million to Ditamas director Shamsuddin Haryoni when the Umno leader was the state mentri besar.

The duo are defendants in a graft trial where Dr Mohd Khir has been accused of accepting two lots of land from Shamsuddin worth RM3.5 million in 2007.

The Selangor Mentri Besar’s political secretary Faekah Husin said details of the direct tenders were being made public to “avoid speculation and negative assumptions” towards the state government during Dr Mohd Khir’s trial which is scheduled for June.

“The state government believes that this information will help the authorities with their investigations,” she said in a statement tonight.

Faekah added that Dr Mohd Khir’s administration also awarded two projects to companies owned by Shamsuddin worth RM30 million although one, worth RM14 million, was revoked by the state last year.

She said that the disclosure of this information was to ensure that the Selangor government and its staff did not become implicated in Dr Mohd Khir’s draft trial.