Govt reiterates no awarding of contract to Asia Mobility

(NST) – The government has reiterated that no contract has been awarded to Asia Mobility Technologies Sdn Bhd, a firm associated with Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh’s husband, for its Selangor Mobility initiative.

Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil said that during today’s cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim clarified that Asia Mobility had only provided the “proof of concept” for the Selangor Demand Responsive Transit (DRT) pilot project.

“The prime minister (Anwar) has informed about the issue of Asia Mobility which has done the proof of concept in Selangor.

“He (Anwar) also reminded the cabinet that the licence held by the company was issued by the Land Public Transport Agency (Apad) where no contracts have been awarded yet.

“The prime minister also said the authorities would conduct an investigation (on the matter) if there are any reports lodged with the authorities,” he said in a press conference, today.

Fahmi said this in response to the allegations of preferential treatment in the project’s tender process after it was revealed that Yeoh’s husband Ramachandran Muniandy, was the chief executive officer for Asia Mobility.

The company was also one of two companies selected for the service operators of the DRT pilot project.

Meanwhile, Anwar yesterday said he would leave it to the relevant authorities to investigate the awarding of a contract to Asia Mobility.

Prior to that, the Selangor government had also defended the appointment of Asia Mobility, where its Investment, Trade and Mobility Committee chairman Ng Sze Han had said the company was one of the two companies selected for the DRT pilot project, apart from Badan Bas Coach Sdn Bhd.

Ng also said that Apad had only approved their participation in the proof of concept testing process of the Bus On Demand service.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Azam Baki said there was no issue in the awarding of a contract to the company.