By Norlaile Abd Rahman

PETALING JAYA – ”I did not sign that letter. Do you know how many staff are there at the Ministry of Finance?” said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng when asked about a direct negotiation letter for a project in Kelantan which went viral recently.

According to Guan Eng, he could not comment on the matter as he needs to discuss with the Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad first.

He also refused to comment if he knew about the letter or otherwise.

“Let me evaluate the matter first, and, I think you are referring to Prime Minister’s statement yesterday.

“Can I discuss with the Prime Minister first as the letter was not signed by me,” he told the members of the press today.

Finance Minsiter Lim Guan Eng speaks to the media at the Countdown to Special Voluntary Disclosure programme at Menara Hasil in Petaling Jaya. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette /16 SEPTEMBER 2019
Finance Minsiter Lim Guan Eng speaks to the media at the Countdown to Special Voluntary Disclosure programme at Menara Hasil in Petaling Jaya.
PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette /16 SEPTEMBER 2019

The letter dated on 26 July 2019 was written on the letterhead of the Finance Ministry and signed by Datuk Zamzuri Abdul Aziz from the Government Procurement Department on behalf of the Secretary-General of Treasury.

The letter was allegedly written in respond and reference to a another letter written by the Prime Minister on 9 July 2019, in regard to a design and build project of the Bangunan Gunasama Persekutuan amounting to RM45 million at Tunjong, Kelantan.

Yesterday, Dr Mahathir denied that he has given approval to any direct negotiation project and promised to investigate on that matter.

However, he did not deny that the letter may be a direct negotiation deal initiated earlier during the administration of the Barisan Nasional government. – MalaysiaGazette

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