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Najib’s projects secretly revived

DAP is shocked at the previous Perikatan Nasional government’s secret decision under former premier Muhyiddin Yassin to revive the scandalous Trans Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) and Multi-Product Pipeline (MPP) projects, which was terminated by the PH government on 6 September 2018. Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz, in answering a recent parliamentary question from DAP Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin, said the decision to revive the projects was made in a cabinet meeting on February 10 this year.

Suria Strategic Energy Resources Sdn Bhd (SSER), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ministry of Finance incorporated, is the company mandated to undertake MPP and TSGP. MPP and TSGP with a total construction cost of RM9.4 billion, were awarded to China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau on Nov 1, 2016 by the Najib Tun Razak administration. The contracts worth RM9.4 billion have not taken into account the cost related to land acquisition, two expert consultancy agreements and a maintenance agreement, which would comprise a total additional cost of RM1.7 billion.

These two projects are one of the most preposterous financial scandals of the Najib administration in that SSER has paid RM8.3 billion, or 88% of the project’s construction value of RM9.4 billion, even though progressive work completion (that has not been audited) is only at 13%. The 662km TSGP would have stretched from the Kimanis Gas Terminal to Sandakan and Tawau. The 600km MPP, meanwhile, would have connected various petrochemical projects in Malacca and Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan to Jitra, Kedah.

The question remains why Muhyiddin Yassin did not take any action against the perpetrators of such an extraordinary and humongous financial wrongdoing in paying billions of ringgit for work not done with 88% payout for 13% of UNAUDITED progressive work done.

Even if the previous government had decided to revive and continue with the two projects, those who were involved in betraying the country’s financial interests must not be allowed to go unpunished.

PH had decided that as a matter of policy that any savings generated from projects will be returned to the Ministry concerned or respective states where the project was implemented. This would mean that the billions of ringgits that could be saved from these two projects will be returned to the states involved in the form of much needed roads, water and infrastructure projects.

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri must come clean with his role in the previous administration and set a new course to ensure that not only the financial interest of the country is protected but those involved in swindling their own country with such traitorous acts be severely punished. Failure to do so would show that Ismail Sabri is no different from his predecessors in closing a blind eye and even trying to cover up such financial crimes.

Lim Guan Eng

DAP Secretary – General

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