Exco man declines comment on direct tender

Penang government came under fire for allegedly awarding a flood-mitigation project to a company through direct negotiations.

Vignesh Kumar, FMT

Penang state executive councillor Lim Hock Seng has refused to comment on the awarding of a flood-mitigation project to a company through direct negotiations and not via open tender.

Lim said he would wait for the full report before commenting on the matter.

“I am not in a position to comment anything at the moment,” he said.

Last week, popular blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin’s Malaysia Today reported that the Penang state government had allegedly abused its power in awarding a contract worth almost RM7 million to build a flood-retention wall in Bukit Mertajam.

Malaysia Today said a Selangor-based company was turned down for the project on two grounds.

The company came under category G4, which disallowed the company from working on a project worth more than RM3 million and second is not Penang-based.

Another company’s offer was RM6,913, 896, which was RM33,223 lower than the tender amount of RM7 million.

The company came under category G6, which allowed it to work on projects worth not more than RM10 million.

The article said the company received the project through direct negotiations.