DAP: Find out others involved in Metramac case

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  • Monday, 16 Jan 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: The DAP has called on the Government to look into the involvement of senior government officials and prominent businessmen in the RM756.7mil Metramac Corporation Sdn Bhd case. 

Secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the matter came to light when the Court of Appeal ordered toll concessionaire Metramac to pay Fawziah Holdings Sdn Bhd about RM65mil for loss of advertising rights. 

The case involved Datuk Fawziah Abdul Karim and her mother Maimon Bee, who were directors and shareholders of Syarikat Teratai K.G. Sdn Bhd (STKG), later renamed Metramac. 

Lim pointed out that in his judgment, Justice Datuk Gopal Sri Ram had questioned why taxpayers' money was channelled into the hands of two private individuals.  

The judge, he added, had also questioned why former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin had used his power to favour Anuar Othman and Tan Sri Halim Saad. 

“DAP will press Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to direct the police and Anti-Corruption Agency to carry out investigations and take the necessary action,” he said in a press conference yesterday. 

Lim said by doing so, the Government would prove that everyone was equal before the law regardless of whether they were high-ranking officials or prominent businessmen. 

He added that when Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai opposed toll collection at the Cheras toll plaza in 1990, he was detained under the Internal Security Act for seven days. 

In the course of the judgment, it was said that in July 1986, Fawziah Holdings, through STKG, obtained a tender from Kuala Lumpur City Hall to design, construct, finance and operate the privatisation of a number of roads in the city, including Jalan Cheras. 

DBKL suspended the toll collection in September 1990 after a demonstration at the Cheras toll plaza and as a result compensation of RM764mil was payable to STKG. 

Daim, the judgment said, had then told the shareholders that the Government was in no position to pay any compensation. 

In November 1990, UEM Bhd had made an offer to purchase all the shares in STKG for RM97.5mil. 

The shares were to be purchased by a company nominated by UEM – Metro Juara Sdn Bhd, whose shareholders were Halim and Anuar. 

After the takeover by Metro Juara, the Government decided it would provide compensation totalling RM756.7mil. 

Lim said the Government should uphold transparency and accountability. 

Metramac is expected to file an appeal today at the Federal Court against the decision of the Court of Appeal.  

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