Speaker Art Harun advises Opposition MP to calm down to avoid 'heart attack' during heated exchange

KUALA LUMPUR: An Opposition MP was advised by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun to calm down to avoid getting a "heart attack" during a heated exchange in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 24).

The incident happened when Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong was clarifying the government's decision on the Klang Valley Double Tracking Phase 2 (KVDT2) rehabilitation project, but was repeatedly interrupted by former transport minister Anthony Loke (PH-Seremban).

"Yang Berhormat, please calm down, if not you will get a heart attack.

"Let the minister carry on his explanation," Azhar said in reference to Loke's constant interruptions, accusing Dr Wee of misleading the House.

Dr Wee had reminded Loke that it was during his tenure as transport minister that he informed Cabinet in September 2018 that the KVDT2 project would cost less if it was done through open tender.

Dr Wee said that Loke had conveniently forgotten that he had told the Cabinet in July 2019 that the project be awarded to Dhaya Maju LTAT Sdn Bhd (DM-LTAT) through direct negotiations.

He also said that Loke was aware that Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) had written to the Transport Ministry and Finance Ministry in July 2019 expressing concerns over the project if awarded to DM-LTAT through direct negotiations.

On the present government's decision to end the contract with DM-LTAT, Dr Wee said this was done after the matter was deliberated by the Cabinet.

He said this included confirmation from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), on Sept 2, that the former administration had not followed procurement procedures in the award of the KVDT2 contract.

Loke kept interjecting, accusing him of lying and misleading the House.

"If there is any element of lying, I will resign my post," Dr Wee retorted.

He then challenged Loke to repeat his accusations outside Parliament.

"I will certainly take legal action to clear my name," he said, adding that Loke should be mindful of words and stop speaking like a representative of the company involved in the legal tussle.

Dr Wee said he has since lodged a report against the allegations made against him with regard to the project.

In 2017, the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration awarded the project to DM-LTAT, but the contract was cancelled following the change of government in May 2018.

The Pakatan Harapan government, however, subsequently decided to award the project to DM-LTAT after a reduction in its scope and costs.

DM-LTAT filed a suit against the present government this year after their contract was terminate with the project to be re-tendered.

On Nov 6, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Takiyuddin Hassan said the government is seeking an out-of-court settlement with DM-LTAT.

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