PETALING JAYA: The controversial Taman Beringin solid waste project, which was alleged to have been directly approved by former finance minister Lim Guan Eng, was actually negotiated by the Barisan Nasional government in 2017, claims Datuk Tamrin Ghafar.
On Aug 28, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin alleged that Tamrin, who is also advisor of the company involved, Bumi Segar Indah Sdn Bhd, had met with Lim on Nov 26,2018, to directly negotiate the deal.
"The project was given through direct negotiations by the Barisan government in 2017.
"The minister involved at the time was Tan Sri Noh Omar," said Tamrin in a statement on Friday (Sept 11).
In her earlier statement, Zuraida also alleged that in the meeting between Tamrin and Lim, they not only discussed the re-negotiation of the project, but that Lim had also agreed to reduce the tipping fee cost at 10% less than the original cost.
Tamrin responded by saying that the reduction in price was part of Pakatan's measures to save money for the government.
Tamrin said that other matters would soon be discussed in court.
On Aug 28, Zuraida alleged that Lim was the one who awarded the two projects worth over RM170mil under her Ministry without open tender and without her knowledge.
The projects awarded were the Taman Beringin solid waste project (RM170,294,400.00) and the Century software accounting system (RM501,206.37).
Zuraida's statement came following a shocking revelation in Parliament by Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz that 101 contracts worth RM6.61bil were awarded through 20 Ministries via direct negotiations during the Pakatan administration.