PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong has brushed off Seremban MP Anthony Loke's allegations in Parliament that he sub-contracted the Klang Valley Double Tracking Phase 2 (KVDT2) project to a China-based company.
He said the allegations were baseless, adding that his conscience was clear.
Although the Transport Minister did not want to comment on the issue at length because the matter is now pending in court, Dr Wee said he had received the affidavit and was advised to clear his name privately to avoid the case from being politicised.
"Nevertheless, I had expected that the company would go through different channels, including politicians, to sensationalise the matter.
"Therefore, I had informed the Cabinet on Nov 6 about this issue and the officer who was with me at the meeting with the company has lodged a police report to strongly deny any defamatory allegations made by the company.
"My conscience is clear and I have nothing to be afraid of," he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Nov 17).
Dr Wee was responding to Loke's allegations that he had asked Dhaya Maju-LTAT Sdn Bhd (DM-LTAT) to sub-contract the KVDT2 project to a company from China.
It was reported that while debating on the Bill for Budget 2021 in Parliament, Loke questioned the government's motive for cancelling the contract with DM-LTAT as the government would have to fork out RM1bil in settlement to the company, which already initiated a civil suit against them.
Loke, who was the transport minister under the Pakatan Harapan administration, also read an excerpt of an affidavit by DM-LTAT chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Mohamed Razeek Hussain Maricar.
The affidavit was filed last month in the Kuala Lumpur High Court, in which he alleged that Dr Wee asked him to subcontract the project to a China-based firm.
Loke also said if the allegations were levelled against Pakatan leaders, they would be labelled as selling the country's interest to China and denying opportunities to bumiputra contractors.
Dr Wee, who is recuperating after a spine surgery, said he would address the baseless allegations of the contract termination allegedly affecting bumiputra contractors and the interest of Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) once he was discharged from hospital.
The Ayer Hitam MP also threw questions at Loke, asking if he had forgotten that he had informed Cabinet in September 2018 that the KVDT2 project could cost lesser if it was done through open tender and that KTM Bhd had written to the Transport and Finance Ministries to express its concern of having DM-LTAT as the project contractor.
"I challenge YB Anthony Loke to repeat his allegations outside Parliament that I had terminated the letter of award to DM-LTAT for my own personal interest as I will surely take legal action to clear my name," he said, adding that Loke should be aware of discrepancies surrounding this project when he headed the ministry.
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