PETALING JAYA: Former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has been questioned as to why direct negotiation was held for the Klang Valley Double Tracking (Phase 2) (KVDT2) project with a company despite concerns raised by rail experts.
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) had advised Lim against directly negotiating the RM4.475bil KVDT2 tender with the company Dhaya Maju Infrastructure (Asia) Sdn Bhd - Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera JV (DMIA-LTAT JV), said Bersatu Youth information chief Mohd Ashraf Mustaqim Badrul Munir.
Ashraf said former KTMB chief executive officer Mohd Rani Hashim had sent a letter to Lim on Feb 21,2019, where Mohd Rani listed his concerns about the work performance and delivery of DMIA, which is undertaking the ongoing KVDT1.
The Armada leader claimed that despite red flags raised in the letter, Lim directly negotiated with the said company and hired it again for Phase 2 on July 5,2019.
"Who is the expert when it comes to rail in the country? KTMB or Lim?
"KTMB knew something was brewing when it decided to send the letter to Lim on Feb 21,2019, five months before Lim awarded the DMIA-LTAT JV, ” said Mohd Ashraf in a press conference Thursday (Sept 17).
The tender was the biggest among the 101 directly-negotiated tenders given to companies by the Finance Ministry during the Pakatan Harapan tenure of 22 months, as revealed in Parliament recently.
In the letter Mohd Rani wrote to Lim, the former said KVDT Phase 1 was not completed according to schedule.
This, said Mohd Rani, further delayed other related projects and affected the rail operations of KTMB.
Mohd Rani stepped down from his post in August 2019, after his contract was not renewed by the Finance Ministry under Pakatan.
Checks with sources showed that the letter was from Mohd Rani as claimed.
Attempts to contact Lim for comment were unsuccessful.
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