Baru calls for whistleblowers to end ‘Ali Baba’ contracts

Works Minister Baru Bian says Putrajaya will cancel the contracts of those involved in “Ali Baba” activities.

SIBU: Works Minister Baru Bian has called for whistleblowers to come forward in secret and spill the dirt about “Ali Baba” contracts.

Baru announced that his ministry and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission were collaborating in an effort to wipe out “Ali Baba” practices, where corrupt Bumiputera contractors received contracts and pass the work on via sub-contracts to non-Bumiputera contractors.

Whistleblowers would have their identities kept secret, he said, Bernama reported.

“We need proof to act. It is difficult to act without evidence, but we must try to overcome corrupt ‘Ali Baba’ activities before it becomes an unhealthy culture among the people,” said Baru after opening the Construction Industry Development Board office here today.

He also reiterated that the federal government would cancel the contracts of those found involved in “Ali Baba” activities.

Baru also spoke about the Pan Borneo Highway project. Construction was 38% complete in Sarawak, and 12% in Sabah, and work was proceeding normally.

He said the Cabinet had yet to decide on a proposal to change the project to being run on a turnkey basis instead of the project-delivery basis.