PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Education Ministry (KPM) has refuted a report in a blog claiming that loudspeakers were bought at an expensive price.
In a statement, the Ministry said the blog post is aimed at undermining the image and reputation of Dr Maszlee Malik as the Education Minister, the ministry as well as the new government
"The Ministry did not propose to buy the equipment at such a high price which is unreasonable," it said on Saturday (Dec 29).
It added that this would be a waste of public money especially since Pakatan Harapan formed the government after the 14th General Election.
The blog post was based on a WhatsApp posting by a teacher who questioned the purchase of a loudspeaker for his school which was described as too expensive compared to the market price.
According to the statement, the teacher later apologised via his Facebook page on Dec 28 that he had made a mistake. The teacher admitted he made a mistake over the allegation and apologised for his error.
The statement said two new schools in Selangor which opened in May were supplied with one unit of loudspeakers each by the Selangor Education Department at a price of RM1,720 per unit and not RM6,000 as claimed.
The purchase was made through proper procurement process and financial procedures, said the ministry.
It added that the report titled “School Teacher Exposes KPM robbed of RM80mil over loudspeakers for schools” is a malicious defamation. - Bernama