Malay Economic Action Council: Give mega contracts to locals as well

(The Star) – A coalition of Malay non-governmental organisations have expressed disappointment towards Petronas, alleging that all of its major contracts were being awarded to foreign companies.

Claiming that equally qualified local companies were not getting any, the Malay Economic Action Council (MTEM) wants Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to intervene and ensure that the contracts are awarded fairly.

“We have received various complaints from entrepreneurs and other stakeholders who said that they had been denied the opportunity for major contracts from Petronas and that Petronas is giving priority only to foreign companies,” MTEM chairman Datuk Syed Ali Al-Attas said yesterday.

He claimed that Petronas had also been awarding huge contracts to inexperienced or “troubled” foreign companies, such as the one that was being investigated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

MTEM is a coalition of Malay non-governmental organisations that promote sustainable economic development for the Malay community.