Why is Finance Ministry now seeking an agent to sell consulate building in Hong Kong, asks Wee

Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong. -filepic

PETALING JAYA: The Finance Ministry has been asked why it is now looking for an agent to sell the Malaysian consulate building in Hong Kong instead of using an open tender method.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) asked whether it is the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the Pakatan Harapan government to sell its assets overseas via middlemen and brokers.

"Why is Pakatan issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to sell a national asset via a middleman and not directly to buyers?" he said in a Facebook post on Friday (June 28).

He also posted a copy of the Finance Ministry's request.

"In April, Lim (Guan Eng) had informed the Dewan Rakyat that there were buyers interested in the building in Hong Kong owned by the Malaysian government, and they wanted to buy it at RM1.6bil

"But now they are looking for an agent," added the Ayer Hitam MP.

It was reported that the government had yet to accept the RM1.68bil offer and was looking for better offers.

Lim, who is the Finance Minister, said no deposit was received from the party making the offer.

On April 2, Lim had also told Parliament that "under the Pakatan government, we are doing it via an open tender and we will be able to get a higher value for it.

The issue over the sale of the Hong Kong property was first brought up on March 26 when Lim had accused former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of approving the sale of the property through direct negotiation.

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