Prasarana chairman's son gatecrashes Muda's PC to explain his family's ties to unfinished project

KUALA LUMPUR: A press conference questioning the status of a still-unfinished construction project with ties to the family of Prasarana Malaysia Bhd chairman Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman was halted midway, when his son came to answer some of the queries himself.

Dr Faizal Tajuddin surprised both the media and the youth movement, Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda), when he came unannounced to the press conference at the Dang Wangi LRT station here.

“I came here to defend the dignity of my family.

“If Muda wants to have a meeting with my father so that they can get their questions answered, I will call him to make it happen, ” he said calmly.

He explained that the reason why the project was still unfinished was because it was privately funded, and that funds to finish the building were dependent on the investors.

On the purported conflict of interest, Dr Faizal said if his father wanted to profit from it, he would have let the project be.

“Instead, he put a stop to it immediately, ” he said.

During the event, Muda called for answers from the Prasana chairman regarding the construction project near the Dang Wangi LRT station that was awarded to a consortium with ties to his family members.

“The consortium includes Detik Utuh Sdn Bhd, which, as we know, is owned by members of his (Tajuddin's) family via Tindakan Juara Sdn Bhd," said Muda co-founder Amir Hadi.

"You can see that work on this site remains unfinished despite it being eight years since construction started.

“Now, Prasarana is studying to terminate the project and penalties will have to be paid up to RM87.7mil, ” he added.

Amir also alleged that a new headquarters was being proposed to be built over the unfinished site here, despite another one coming up in Subang, Selangor.

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