Parliamentarian Tony Pua today revealed further cases of highly questionable government contracts published on the newly-launched MyProcurement portal.
He called on the authorities to investigate four contracts which were awarded by the Education Ministry, the Royal Malaysian Police and the Defence Ministry.
It turned out that the figure as reported in the website was a mistake and has since been corrected to RM7.8 million.
However, a check on Rafa Sepakat Sdn Bhd – the company awarded the project – shows that it was thebeneficiary of RM53.4 million worth of contracts in the last six months.
More so, the company was set up less than three years ago with the key owner not even 23.
“The company was only established at the end of December 2007, and as at Dec 3, 2008 it had no revenue in its books,” decried Pua.
He said the main shareholder and director of the company, Abdul Rahman Abdul Ghani, will turn 23 only this month.
Pua also claimed that most of the contracts to supply food to 76 boarding schools in Pahang, awarded by the Education Ministry, were toindividuals and not companies.
The contracts for cooked food reached a total of RM123.5 million, with the amounts ranging from RM420,000 to RM3.91 million each.
“I do not know that there’s such a big difference in the size of our schools,” he quipped at the large gap in contract prices and called for greater scrutiny.
He also highlighted that one of the contract recipients, Rafidah Halib, was a Wanita Umno leader in the Marandivision.
“She was awarded a RM1.4 million contract to supply food to SMK Maran,” Pua said.
Pua also zeroed in on a RM82.8 million contract awarded by the Defence Ministry to clothing company KDI Garment Sdn Bhd for the supply of body-vest protection.
“A check with the Registrar of Companies showed that KDI Garmentlast filed their accounts in July 2006, with a revenue of RM1.75 million anda profit of only RM1,600.
“Should such a company be awarded a contract that is nearly 50 times its last known revenue?
Two other ‘interesting contracts’
Additionally, Pua discovered two other “interesting” contracts awarded by the Royal Malaysian Police – one to purchase ‘OKI printer ribbon and toner cartridges’ for RM25.4 million and the another, to buy ‘ink and toner cartridges for Canon printers’ forRM12.9 million.
“That amount works out to approximately RM400 spent on each police officer for the use of printer ribbon and toner cartridges.
“But because there is no other information provided, we do not know how long the contract is for and the quantity (of ribbons and cartridges),” he added.
Pua blasted the portal for its lack of details regarding the contracts as this will help provide greater transparency.
“While there are no details of tender specifications, dates of tender and award, quantities, number of competitive bids and other relevant information, we have been able todetect various discrepancies and highlight potential ‘rent-seeking’ and ‘patronage’ deals,” he said.
Pua, who is former economic spokesperson for DAP, had been scrutinising the portal since its launch last week and has over the past few days pointed out a number of discrepancies.