4 of Miti direct deals were before PH took power, says ex-deputy minister

Former deputy international trade and industry minister Ong Kian Ming.

PETALING JAYA: Former deputy international trade and industry minister Ong Kian Ming today disputed four of the direct negotiation deals supposedly given by Pakatan Harapan (PH), saying they were for events that happened before the coalition came into power.

He said the projects allegedly awarded by the international trade and industry ministry (Miti) took place between January and March 2018, before the general election in May that year.

He also urged Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz to clarify the matter and review the list of projects released yesterday.

“These four projects alone cost RM7.6 million and all of them took place before GE14 although they were listed under Miti’s list of direct negotiation projects during PH’s time in government.

“I was a bit shocked when the Miti list came out because I was never invited to any of these events supposedly organised during PH’s time. Now I know the real story,” he said in a series of Twitter posts.

The finance ministry yesterday issued the details of 101 projects worth RM6.61 billion allegedly awarded through direct negotiation under the PH administration.

According to the list, RM545,000 was spent on a Young CEO Summit, RM5.9 million on Himpunan Usahawan Bumiputera, RM999,000 on Jom Niaga Wilayah Utara and RM632,000 on Mini Satu Daerah Satu Industri.