TEMERLOH: A recent allegation linking the Regent of Pahang to a purported RM1.3 billion kickback was part of a smear campaign against royalty, a state executive councillor said today.
Exco member Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the allegations against the Regent, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, were planned by certain parties which had also attempted to link other issues to royalty in other states, as well as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“It is likely that these parties will continue attacking royal institutions as they are keen to influence the people to abhor the nation’s Malay rulers,” he told Bernama today.
“Such efforts will certainly bring down the good reputation of the royal institution and instil hatred against the Malay rulers among Malaysians of different races.”
Sharkar, who is Lanchang state assemblyman, pointed out that Tengku Abdullah had denied the allegations, which appeared in the form of a letter by a Chinese construction firm, circulated on social media. He refused to elaborate.
He said Tengku Abdullah had said he had no links to the company, China Rainbow International Investment Co Ltd, which had also stated that the letter was a fabrication.
A photograph had been circulated, purportedly of a letter from the company, in which a claim was made of a RM1.3 billion payment to Tengku Abdullah as “kickback” for his patronage in obtaining the contract for the MRT3 mass transit project in Kuala Lumpur.
However, CRIIC had said the letter was a fabrication, and that it was seeking legal advice on civil and criminal action.
The letter, dated Feb 8 this year, was purportedly signed by CRIIC Global & Pacific president Will JW Ding. It claimed that the money was a reward for the Sapura-China Rainbow Consortium being awarded the MRT3 project valued at RM45 billion.