Friday, 29 June 2012

PKR lodges police report against Najib

The report was against the PM's decision to award the Ampang LRT extension project to George Kent Consortium, claiming it involves corruption and public safety. 

PETALING JAYA: PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli today lodged a police report against Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak over his apparent decision to award the Ampang LRT extension project to George Kent consortium in favour over another firm which had won the bid originally.

Alleging that Najib had gone against the government’s procurement procedures, Rafizi urged the police to investigate the matter, claiming it was a matter of public safety.

“Najib’s decision may involve corruption and jeopardises public safety as the project was awarded to a company with no expertise in LRT project,” said Rafizi at a press conference after lodging the report at the Tropicana police station.

Two days ago, Rafizi gave the media copies of documents allegedly showing Najib over-ruling Finance Ministry’s Acquisition Committee’s decision to award the project to PDA Consortium, which won the bid for the project.

The committee, which is chaired by Najib himself, had agreed to award the project to PDA but the premier is said to have gone against the committee’s decision later.

George Kent Consortium, which was first tipped to win the job in July last year, was again said to be the likely winner for the RM1 billion project in a report by Business Times last week .

The report, however, is yet to be verified.

When asked if he would lodge a report with the MACC, Rafizi said, “I have decided not to make a report with the anti-graft commission after consulting my lawyers.”

He also said that he had more faith the in Commercial Crimes Division of the police department, saying the officers there seemed to be more honest and genuine in their conduct.

Echoing Rafizi’s sentiments, supreme council member Latheefa Koya said that the MACC has wide ranging powers and the commission could initiate its own investigation without any official report.

“It’s a test for the authorities on their professionalism as the case involves our prime minister. Let’s wait for the police to call Rafizi for a statement,”she said.

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