Felda denies direct tender allegations

  • Nation
  • Friday, 01 Jan 2010

PETALING JAYA: Felda Holdings Bhd has denied allegations of abuse of power in awarding contracts worth RM160mil to a single contractor.

It said there has been no abuse of power in awarding contracts because it followed stringent as well as transparent acquisition and audit procedures.

“Now that the matter has been lodged with MACC (the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission), we shall extend our fullest cooperation to any investigation so that the public will get the real picture,” it said in a statement.

On Monday, Kelab Belia Graduan 1Malaysia called on the authorities to investigate if a subsidiary of Felda Holding could award tenders worth RM160mil to a single contractor through direct negotiations.

The tenders also involved purchase of continuous steriliser machines.

The club claimed that it had received complaints that the machines had slowed down processing time at oil palm mills.

Club secretary-general Ezaruddin Abd Rahman had claimed that direct negotiations were against Felda Holding’s tender procedures that stipulated that open tenders be called for jobs worth over RM50,000.

The club had submitted memorandums to the MACC and the Prime Minister’s office, highlighting alleged discrepancies in the tender awarding process.

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