KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Tamrin Abdul Ghafar, the son of late former deputy prime minister Tun Ghafar Baba, has questioned attempts to link him to the controversy over projects awarded without a tender under the Local Government and Housing Ministry.
Tamrin, the adviser of Bumi Segar Indah, which was awarded a solid waste project, was incredulous that Zuraida Kamaruddin was not aware of projects under her own ministry.
“Its impossible for a minister not to know about the matter at all, when the Finance Ministry only acts according to the recommendations of the ministry.
“I will leave it to my lawyers to decide on the next course of action, ” he said in a statement on Saturday (Aug 29).
On Friday, Zuraida accused former finance minister Lim Guan Eng of being the one who awarded the two projects worth over RM170mil under the ministry without open tender.
She said she had investigated the matter and could now confirm that it was Lim who approved the projects via direct negotiation without her knowledge.
"As promised, I have investigated and I now announce what I have discovered.
"The projects awarded are Taman Beringin solid waste project (RM170,294,400.00) and the Century software accounting system (worth RM501,206.37).
"I now confirm that this direct negotiation was, in fact, directly taken up by the former minister of finance himself," she said.
Zuraida said her findings contradicted claims made by Pakatan politicians that her ministry had initiated the direct negotiation of the Taman Beringin solid waste project.
She claimed that Tamrin met with Lim on Nov 28,2018 in his capacity as the adviser of the company.
"It was at this meeting that Lim discussed the re-negotiation of the project, and agreed to reduce the tipping fee cost at 10% less than the original cost, purportedly to save money for the government.
"Lim then advised Bumi Segar Indah to approach the ministry to present and follow up with a formal proposal.
"I hope in future, Pakatan politicians and former ministers will check their facts before misleading the public," she said.
The Finance Ministry had, prior to this, released in the Dewan Rakyat a list of all the 101 government projects worth RM6.61bil awarded via direct negotiation that were under the purview of the Pakatan Harapan administration.