Current cabinet members asked for direct-negotiation projects too, says PH

a group of men wearing suits and ties: Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng addresses the media during a press conference at the Parliament lobby. - BERNAMA pic

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Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng addresses the media during a press conference at the Parliament lobby. – BERNAMA pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Four ministers in the Perikatan Nasional administration had also asked for projects through direct negotiations (DN) when they were part of the previous Pakatan Harapan government.

Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng said they are former home minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (RM517.7 million), then and current housing and local government minister Zuraida Kamaruddin (RM170.8 million), former rural development minister Datuk Seri Rina Harun and former economic affairs minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (RM1.2 million).

These former PH ministers now hold the positions of the prime minister, housing and local government minister, women, family and community development minister and senior international trade minister respectively in the current Cabinet.

“Firstly, I would like to ask the current finance minister, does this mean these ministers committed something wrong as well by requesting for DN projects?

“Secondly, for those who denied that these projects were tabled to the then cabinet, they are either lying or they were sleeping during cabinet meetings,” he told a press conference at the Parliament here today.

On Monday, Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat that PH had approved 101 projects through direct awards amounting to RM6.61 billion.

The next day, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said in a statement that it will investigate whether there were elements of corruption, irregularities or abuse of power involving the 101 projects.

PH MPs including former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad challenged Zafrul to reveal the list of projects since Monday and the latter eventually did so through a statement yesterday.

Lim who is also Bagan MP challenged Zafrul to reveal the list of all DN projects awarded since the latter took over the finance ministry.

“Zafrul needs to prove that all DN projects approved by him were done in the right manner and of public interest.

“Let the people make their evaluation on which government holds to the principles of accountability and transparency and which government does’t,” he said.

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