Former education minister says mulling legal action over RM1.25bil solar project allegations

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 04 Aug 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Former education minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (pic) says he is mulling taking legal action after a witness alleged during a High Court hearing that he (Mahdzir) had received “gratification” from Jepak Holdings Sdn Bhd for a solar hybrid project.

Mahdzir said he is currently obtaining legal advice over the matter, and will take the necessary action to safeguard his reputation and interest.

“I cannot decide on any legal action yet because I don’t know what was said by Rayyan Radzwill Abdullah in court. I have asked my lawyer to obtain court notes so I can comment further on this matter.

“Nevertheless, I urge the public and media practitioners to refrain from making assumptions based on limited sources, ” he said in a statement distributed to reporters in Parliament on Tuesday (Aug 4).

He was referring to reports quoting Rayyan as saying that Mahdzir had asked for a 20% commission from Jepak Holdings as gratification, for the company to secure the solar hybrid project for 369 rural schools in Sarawak worth RM1.25bil from the Education Ministry in 2016.

Commenting further on Rayyan’s allegations, Mahdzir said that a court’s function is to determine whether a certain fact is false or correct.

“Everyone, myself included, must respect that function and not supersede the court in this matter, ” he added.

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