KUALA LUMPUR – A letter from contractor, PDM Builders Sdn Bhd to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the construction of Bangunan Gunasama Persekutuan at Tunjong, Kelantan was leaked today.
Earlier, a letter from the Ministry of Finance to the Deputy Chief Senior Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Department on the contract award through direct negotiation to the company also went viral recently.
In the latest letter which went viral today, Dr Mahathir’s handwritten note was found on the letter which said:
“YB Minister of Finance, the project has been granted to PDM Builders Sdn Bhd. If they are able to reduce the cost, there is no need for new tender,” the note read in the letter.
The stamp of the Prime Minister of Malaysia was also included in his note which was written on 4 March 2019.
In the letter written by PDM Builders on 1 November 2018 to seek the support of Dr Mahathir on the project, it was stated that the company had spent a lot of money and time on the project and they hope that they would be given the approval to continue with the project.
“We are very confident that we can complete the project if we are given the opportunity to do so, based on our experience, sound capital and a committed and professional team,” said the letter written by the Director of PDM Builders, Siti Hajar binti Hashim.
The letter also showed that contract was approved by the Ministry of Finance on April 2018, which was during the administration of the previous Barisan Nasional government, and the letter was received by the Chief Private Secretary of the Prime Minister on 27 February 2019.
Yesterday, Dr Mahathir denied the allegations that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government has approved an RM450 million project in Kelantan through direct negotiation and he needed to investigate the allegation.
“No. I do not know about this at all. I have never approved anything like that.
“But, I may need to check, perhaps, it is a continuity from the previous government.
“As you are aware, we have stopped a lot of projects after the PH government took over so that we can revise them and ensure if there is really a need for them or otherwise.
“However, the we have took almost a year and there were a lot of impacts such as people losing jobs, contractors losing money and such.
“I am not sure of what case this is. Let me check first,” he told the media after attending the Putrajaya Boat Race 2019 at the Putrajaya Lake.
Today, the Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said that he was not the one who signed the letter and refused to answer questions on that as he would need to discuss about the matter with Dr Mahathir first. -MalaysiaGazette