Works ministry projects among 101 awarded in direct deals, says minister

Works Minister Fadillah Yusof.

KUALA LUMPUR: Some works ministry projects were among the 101 projects worth RM6.61 billion reportedly awarded through direct negotiations by the previous government, says minister Fadillah Yusof.

“There were some such projects (involving the ministry) under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government. Yes, I can confirm that,” he told reporters after the handing over and official opening of the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) upgrading project at the Taman Melati junction in Gombak here today.

He was commenting on Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz’s announcement in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday that the PH administration had approved 101 government projects or acquisitions worth RM6.61 billion through direct negotiation during its 22-month rule.

Fadillah said the ministry was still checking the details to determine the actual cost of the projects.

Preliminary information obtained by the ministry showed that these projects were not classified under “special circumstances” but were part of the normal process or requests, he added.

“However, we are proceeding with some of the projects after seeing the basis for the projects,” he said.

Fadillah said the ministry would give its full cooperation to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation into allegations regarding the award of these projects through direct negotiation.

It was reported that MACC had received several memorandums from NGOs on the issue and that it would get a list of the 101 projects from the finance ministry.