MACC clarifies Datasonic not under probe over passports

KUALA LUMPUR:  The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has clarified  Datasonic Group Bhd is not under probe relating to the supply of 12.5 million chips for the Malaysian passport.

Datasonic said on Thursday the anti-graft agency had issued a clarification to the company informing that it was not the entity under investigation by the MACC”.

It said also it had extended its full cooperation to the MACC.

It issued the statement relating to an on Oct 19, 2018 article which appeared in that Datasonic, MyEG were implicated in charges against Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The report related to the supply 12.5 million chips for the Malaysian passport. 

In the statement on Oct 19 then, Datasonic said its unit Datasonic Technologies Sdn Bhd (DTSB) had won a five-year contract to supply passport polycarbobate datapages and printing system based on per passport produce through open tender in April 2012.

DTSB was awarded for the supply of 12.5 million chips on Dec 15, 2015 based on value proposition of enhanced chips security (to put the chips bonded into the polycarbonate datapage instead of at the back of passport cover) and 15% lower pricing as compared to the previous vendor that provided a total saving of RM56.25mil to the government over a period of five years. 

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