PETALING JAYA: The Youth and Sports Ministry denied allegations of corruption in the procurement of gymnastic equipment for SEA Games.
Ministry secretary-general Datuk Lokman Ali said those who have doubts over the tender implementation process should report to the authorities instead of making wild allegations in the media.
“Such reports only create a negative perception that is far from reality,” he said.
Lokman was responding to a Bernama report on Friday claiming that there were elements of corruption in the tender process. Several other media carried the report quoting Bernama.
The ministry expressed regret that the matter was raised again without basis despite an explanation provided on Feb 9.
As explained earlier, the ministry said Projek Kl Sports City’s main contractor Rukun Juang Sdn Bhd, which was earlier given the task to manage the tender for the supply of sports equipment for the venue, had advised the ministry on Jan 6 to call off the tender process on grounds of conflict of interest.
The ministry said in a statement that the cancellation and re-tendering process would be more cost-effective.
Subsequently the ministry decided that the Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia (PSM) should manage the tender process for the procurement of sports equipment for KL Sports City.
“This is an administrative decision to improve the KL Sports City management system,” the Ministry said in a statement.
Although PSM had been given the green light to implement the tender process, a new tender had yet to be offered to date.
“Therefore the Bernama report has falsely stated that PSM had issued a new tender a month ago,” the ministry said.
On claims that only a certain brand was allowed, the main contractor had informed the ministry that it was a standard procedure to set the benchmark to ensure desired quality and specifications were met.
“However, there is no compulsion to get only a certain brand. Other brands offering similar quality could also be considered, provided it is approved by the Federation of International Gymnastics,” the ministry said.
Therefore, there was no breach of tender valuation guideline set by the Finance Ministry, it added.
In a statement, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it would investigate claims that there were elements of corruption and abuse of power in relation to the tender exercise.
“The MACC is in the midst of gathering information and studying the details of the claims before taking any action,” its deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki told Bernama.