IPOH: A letter has gone viral purportedly from the Perak state secretary’s office claiming that the state government has given its approval to a company in Johor Baru to maintain city and municipal roads in the state.
In the letter, it is stated that, it was unanimously agreed in principle during an exco meeting on Nov 21 last year to accept the offer from the company to maintain the roads.
It was also stated in the letter that another meeting was set for Feb 22 to discuss the matter.
A person by the name of Zulfahan Pagon claimed on his Facebook page that direct negotiations were carried out with the company, and asked why this was the case when they (referring to Pakatan Harapan) had said in their manifesto that wanted to carry out open tenders.
The person had also attached letters from the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) stating the company address in Johor and the names of all the three directors from the company hailing from Johor as well.
Several comments posted on his page said that smaller companies and contractors in Perak would suffer due to the move.
A source said the company from Johor had the expertise to manage road maintenance.
He said the company would act as a concessionaire, but projects would be given to local contractors.
“Due to numerous complaints on road conditions in the state, this step needs to be taken.
“Individual contractors have no expertise in managing the roads, resulting in poor conditions.
“So with the company in place, it will ensure that the contractors appointed carry out the task properly,” he added.
Lately, the state government has been embroiled in a controversy over the approval of a permit for a forest plantation development project to a company with only RM2 in paid-up capital.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu admitted that an open tender was not carried out in awarding a 400ha plot of forest land for development to the company.