Sep 23, 2006

Tun Mahathir Says Mukhriz Obtained Tender Via Normal Channel

Anymore allegations? Anyone?

Extracted from BERNAMA
Dr M Says Mukhriz Obtained Tender Via Normal Channel

KUALA TERENGGANU, Sept 22 (Bernama) -- Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Opcom Sdn Bhd, which is owned by his son Datuk Mukhriz, fulfilled all the conditions when it sought a contract from Telekom Malaysia (TM) to supply fibre optics worth more than RM200 million.

Dr Mahathir said Opcom obtained the contract via the normal channel, by tender, and the application was made when he was still the Prime Minister.

"Yes, my son has long been in this business (supply of fibre optics) and he received offers in the normal way through tenders and the like. Whether he got or did not get contracts, it was his problem and not mine," he said.

Dr Mahathir said that when he was no longer the Prime Minister, the contract awarded to Mukhriz's company was revoked and his son was forced to appeal to an influential person for it to be extended.

The person concerned, who was powerful, telephoned an officer to instruct that 30 per cent of the contract be given back to Mukhriz and which was later reduced to 15 per cent, he told reporters Friday after launching the building fund of the Kemaman branch of the Ex-Servicemen's Association and the district Warriors Day Campaign at Awana Kijal, Beach and Spa Resort in Kijal.

An internet report, which carried the report on the contract awarded to Mukhriz's company, quoted from a "confidential" letter dated Oct 7, 2003 and bearing the Finance Ministry's letterhead.

Dr Mahathir said there were attempts being made by certain quarters to smear his name.

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