Tamrin claims Taman Beringin deal negotiated by Barisan

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  • Saturday, 12 Sep 2020

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 negotiated by the Barisan Nasional government in 2017, says Datuk Tamrin Ghafar.

On Aug 28, Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin alleged that Tamrin, who is also an adviser of the company involved, Bumi Segar Indah Sdn Bhd, 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 yesterday.

In her earlier statement, Zuraida also alleged that in their meeting, Tamrin and Lim not only discussed the renegotiation of the project but that Lim also agreed to reduce the original tipping fee cost by 10%.

Tamrin responded by saying that the reduction in price was part of Pakatan Harapan’s measures to save money for the government.

“It was Pakatan’s policy to reduce the cost of all directly negotiated deals under Barisan by 10% of their original cost,” he said.

Tamrin said that other matters would soon be discussed in court.

On Aug 28, Zuraida alleged that Lim was the one who had awarded the two projects worth over RM170mil under her ministry without open tender and her knowledge.The projects awarded were the Taman Beringin solid waste project (RM170,294,400) and the Century software accounting system (RM501,206.37).

Zuraida’s statement came following a 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.

As at press time, attempts by The Star to get Zuraida’s comments on Tamrin’s latest allegations were unsuccessful.
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