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French company’s three bids for LRT project

 | July 13, 2012

The company, Thales International, was alleged to have procured Malaysian naval secrets during the purchase of Scorpene submarines.

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PETALING JAYA:  Thales International, a French company alleged to have procured Malaysian naval defence secrets, was involved in the bidding for the Ampang LRT extension project.

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli made this allegation at a press conference at the party headquarters here today.

Rafizi also claimed that Thales made three bids for the project, via a joint venture, which was also against a tender bidding process.

“Out of the eight companies that bid for the project, three of them mentioned Thales as their partner, including George Kent Consortium-Wijet-Thales,” he alleged.

In May, Suaram’s lawyers alleged that Malaysia’s naval secrets were sold to Thales for RM142 million through Terasasi (Hong Kong) Ltd.

Directors of the Hong Kong-based Terasasi include Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s close ally Abdul Razak Baginda and the latter’s father Abdul Malim Baginda.

Rafizi claimed that Thales’ involvement in the bidding process shows how much Najib is involved in ensuring the tender is secured by George Kent.

“It looks like George Kent is the go-between guy between Najib and Thales,” alleged Rafizi.

Although Thales has the expertise in providing transport technology system, Rafizi said no tender process would allow the same company to place three bids for one contract.

“It gives Thales three times the chance to win the bid,” he said.

Rafizi also dismissed Syarikat Prasarana Bhd’s claims that the documents showing the Finance Ministry instructing Prasarana to award the LRT extension project to George Kent may not be genuine.

Yesterday, Prasarana’s group managing director’s Shahril Mokhtar was reported to have said that Rafizi’s documents “may not be genuine”.

Rafizi said Shahril’s statement runs counter to the Finance Ministry’s action of filing a police report under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) alleging secret government documents were being leaked.

“The police had also set up a high-level task force to probe the complaint. I’m scheduled to give a statement later at the police station. If the documents are fake, isn’t all this a waste of time? he asked.

He said the police and ministry’s actions only proved that the documents were genuine, adding that even Najib had not questioned the authenticity of the documents.

“Shahril should stop being Najib’s spokesman. I understand that he is just a civil servant listening to his boss and just answer whether the letter of intent [LOI] was issued to George Kent or not,” he said.

LOI is issued to a company that had won a bid, followed by the Letter of Award (LOA).

Also read:

George Kent ‘got Ampang LRT contract’

Rafizi-Ampang LRT probe is SOP, says IGP


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