MACC probe into Selangor DRT project not over yet, says Azam Baki

KOTA KINABALU: Investigations are still ongoing into the Demand-Responsive Transit (DRT) project awarded to Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh’s husband, said Tan Sri Azam Baki.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner said they were looking at the process used by the Selangor government in awarding the project to the company where Yeoh’s husband is the chief executive officer.

“(But) as I said before, so far, I do not see any element of corruption,” he said, after an event here on Monday (June 10).

“However, if there are issues with the tender process, we will look at it,” he added.

Should they discover a weakness in the system and procedures in the awarding of tenders, Azam said, the MACC could issue an advisory letter to the state government or the firm concerned.

MCA Youth had previously urged the MACC to make an open and transparent investigation into the DRT project.

MCA Youth submitted a memorandum to a MACC representative detailing the actions they had urged the commission to take at the MACC headquarters last Thursday (June 6).

It wanted the MACC, among others, to investigate whether the Selangor government had done an appropriate cost and feasibility assessment to approve and carry out this project.

MCA Youth also lodged a police report over the DRT project on May 29.

Asia Mobility Technologies Sdn Bhd’s (Asia Mobiliti) participation in the DRT has caused a public uproar with several quarters demanding that the Selangor government reveal how the firm was awarded the project.

On May 26, MCA Youth secretary-general Saw Yee Fung urged the MACC to look into the issue.

The following day, Azam said there was no wrongdoing as the project was awarded by the state government, not Yeoh’s ministry.

Yeoh had on June 1 subsequently said she welcomed the probe into Asia Mobiliti, where her husband is the CEO, which provided a proof of concept (POC) for the DRT project.

The DRT is a demand-based ride-sharing public transit service to improve last- and first-mile connectivity for public transport services.

It is part of the RM25mil Selangor Mobiliti initiative announced in the state’s 2023 budget to improve the public transport ecosystem.

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