DAP riles angry Taib with questions on contracts

By Joseph Tawie

Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud lost his cool in the State Legislative Assembly yesterday when an opposition assemblyman sought clarification over contracts awarded to his son Abu Bekir Mahmud’s company Titanium Management Project Sdn Bhd.

Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen hit a raw nerve in Taib when he stood up to raise a point of order, interjecting Taib’s winding-up speech during the final day sitting of the state assembly.

Chong wanted to know from Taib himself the number of contracts given to Abu Bekir’s company.

A visibly angry Taib challenged Chong to repeat the allegation outside the house.

Chong, who has been exposing irregularities in the awarding of contracts by the state government, accepted the challenge.

At a press conference later, Chong repeated what he said in the state assembly.

He said Titanium Project Management had been awarded construction of a few hundred bridges worth RM1,178,410,000 without open tender.

The five-year contract for the bridges was awarded in 2008.

In 2001, the government awarded the construction of 384 bridges to Titanium Management Sdn Bhd for RM500 million.

The company managed to complete 332 bridges or 80 percent of the job, but over the years the cost had spiralled.

According to Chong, the government now has to pay the company RM948 million.

He reiterated that Titanium Management belonged to Abu Bekir.

Chong had submitted questions on the awarding of the government contracts to Titanium Project Management, but Speaker Awang Asfia Nassar had rejected them.

Hansard tampered

Meanwhile, the House also rejected a motion by Padungan (DAP) assemblyman Wong King Wei seeking to reinstate his statement involving Daya Syukra Sdn Bhd into the official Hansard dated Nov 18, 2011, at page 63.

According to Wong, his statement: “Daya Syukra Sdn Bhd is owned by four children of Yang Amat Berhormat Chief Minister in equal shares of 100,000 each namely Jamilah Hamidah Taib, Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, Hanifar Hajah Taib and Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib” had been removed from the Hansard.

That part of Wong’s speech was expunged from the Hansard when he spoke during the debate on the state budget last week on the subject of businesses owned by Taib’s four children.

When Wong sought clarification from Asfia as to why that part of his speech was expunged, a heated argument ensued resulting in the speaker giving Wong the marching order.

Wong was advised to give a notice of motion to the Dewan if he wanted to raise a point of order regarding the matter.

Wong then submitted the notice early on Wednesday morning and was heard in the afternoon after the chief minister had concluded his winding-up speech.

Request to reinstate also expunged

During the debate on Nov 18, Wong had said that a company named Shoreline Development Sdn Bhd had been alienated parcels of state land situated at Tanjung Lobang in Miri.

He said about 90 acres or 36.44 hectares had been allocated to Shoreline Development at a cheap price of RM2.63 million.

The market value of the land is RM2.5 million per acre. As such, the total value for 90 acres was RM225.113 million.

Wong said Shoreline Development is jointly owned by two companies in equal shares. These companies are Plieran Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Land Sdn Bhd.

He added that Plieran is wholly owned by KBE (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. A company named Dayak Syukra Sdn Bhd owns 60% of the total shares in KBE (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

It was also at this point that Wong detailed the shareholding of Daya Syukra Sdn Bhd.

Wong said the part concerning Taib’s four children was expunged.

His motion to reinstate the expunged part into the Hansard was rejected.

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1 Response to DAP riles angry Taib with questions on contracts

  1. Alan Newman. NZ says:

    Najib, BN & Taib cheating all the way to their graves…read on:

    Putrajaya only had 6,008 voters but Opposition-held Kapar had a staggering 112,224 voters, 17 times more than Putrajaya.

    http://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/25672/#more-25672
    Gerrymandering will halt opposition’s march to power

    Ng C N:‘Kapar can have 17 MPs’ “If we break down Kapar to the size of Putrajaya, you would have 17 MPs from Kapar instead of just one.”

    Irene Kana: ‘ It takes only less than 20% of the total voters to ensure BN has the power to remain corrupt and has the power to plunder the nation.’

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