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27 June 2012

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Malaysiakini

PKR mendakwa bahawa bekas Penolong Gabenor Bank Negara Datuk Murad Khalid secara peribadi menemui Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim di Munich, Jerman untuk memohon maaf berhubung isu akuan bersumpahnya terhadap ketua umum parti itu.

“Apabila beliau tahu Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim ada di Alpha Clinic, pada hujung 2004, beliau terbang dari Kuala Lumpur ke Munich, Jerman untuk memohon maaf bahawa keluarganya diugut untuk menandatangani akuan bersumpah,” dakwa Setiausaha Agung PKR Datuk Saifuddin Nasution.

Dalam akuan bersumpah itu, Murad mendakwa Anwar mempunyai banyak akaun saham dan hartanah sehingga bernilai RM3 bilion.

Bercakap dalam sidang media hari ini, Saifuddin berkata sebenarnya Murad “bukan sasaran” memandangkan perkara tersebut telah lama berlaku.

Sebaliknya, beliau mendakwa Umno lebih berminat kepada skandal dan ancaman terhadap kedudukan parti itu.

“Jangan memandang rendah kedudukan PKR… Kita tidak akan berpeluk tubuh bahawa kita memiliki seluruh dokumen, cukup untuk mendedahkan setakat mana (penglibatan) individu tertentu.

“Kita tampil baru sekelumit,” tegasnya yang juga ahli parlimen Machang.

27 June 2012

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Malaysiakini

PKR hari ini mendedahkan salinan dokumen rasmi kerajaan berhubung penganugerahan kontrak mengenai projek kerja-kerja sambungan LRT Ampang yang bernilai lebih RM1 bilion.

Pengarah Strategik PKR Rafizi Ramli mendakwa, pada mulanya Kementerian Kewangan menganugerahkan kontrak tersebut kepada Konsortium Balfour Beatty-Invensys, berdasarkan keputusan mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Perolehan Menteri Kewangan (JPMK).

Sedangkan, dakwa Rafizi, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak minggu lepas melahirkan hasrat untuk menganugerahkan kontrak tersebut kepada Konsortium George Kent seperti yang dilaporkan media.

“Ini bertentangan dengan keputusan Jawatankuasa Perolehan Menteri Kewangan (JPMK) yang bersidang pada 25 Januari 2012. JPMK adalah jawatankuasa tertinggi Kementerian Kewangan dan dipengerusikan sendiri oleh Datuk Seri Najib sebagai menteri kewangan.

“Keputusan mesyuarat JPMK dengan rujukan T/1/M/1/2012 dengan secara jelas menolak cadangan Prasarana Negara untuk melantik PDA Consortium sebagai kontraktor projek ini.

“Sebaliknya JPMK mengarahkan supaya pakej kontrak itu dianugerahkan kepada Korsortium Balfour Beatty-Invesys pada harga RM1,012,910,000,” kata Rafizi.

Rafizi berkata keputusan tersebut ditandatangani oleh Najib, Menteri Kewangan Kedua Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah dan Ketua Setiausaha Perbandaharaan Tan Sri Dr Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah.

Rafizi juga turut mengedarkan minit mesyuarat tersebut kepada media.

Sehubungan itu, Rafizi mempersoalkan Najib, faktor apa yang menyebabkan menteri kewangan itu mengubah fikiran sehingga didakwanya campurtangan untuk “menolak keputusan” awal penganugerahan projek berkenaan yang beliau sendiri bersetuju.

“Kenapa Konsortium George Kent begitu yakin akan memenangi kontrak ini seperti yang dilaporkan oleh media kebelakangan ini, walaupun keputusan anugerah kontrak telah dibuat seawal 25 Januari 2012?” soal Rafizi.

27 June 2012

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Malaysiakini

Government documents to prove the overturning of the decision to award an RM1 billion LRT extension project to Balfour Beatty-Invensys Consortium (Balfour) were released by PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli today to back his claim of interference in the matter by the prime minister.

In the first episode of his expose on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s alleged interference in the awarding of the LRT extension project tender, Rafizi said the government is due to award the tender to a consortium led by George Kent, which allegedly made a higher bidding price than other bidders.

Rafizi released a purported copy of the minutes of a Jan 25 meeting of the Finance Ministry’s Procurement Committee (JPMK) that was jointly signed by Najib, who is also finance minister, Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah and Finance Ministry secretary-general Wan Abd Aziz Wan Abdullah at a press conference at the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya.

The minutes state the committee’s decision to reject the proposal of Prasarana, the government-linked company overseeing the LRT extension projects, to award the RM1,012,910,000 contract to PDA Consortium.

Instead, the committee selected Balfour to be the contractor and supplier, the minutes state.

This decision was conveyed to Prasarana in a letter dated Jan 26, written by Fauziah Yaacob, an officer with the Finance Ministry’s procurement division, said Rafizi, who also furnished a copy of this letter.

Rafizi then made the conclusion that it was Najib’s interference that overturned the JPMK decision and landed the extension project in the hands of George Kent.

He said he would release more documents in the coming days and next week to back his allegation.

27 June 2012

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The Malaysian Insider

Kerajaan Malaysia akan menjawab dakwaan berkenaan pembelian dua buah kapal selam Scorpene pada Selasa, sebagai maklum balas terhadap skandal tersebut yang dilihat cubaan untuk mencalarkan imej Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak memandangkan pilihan raya bakal dilaksanakan tidak berapa lama lagi.

Menteri Pertahanan Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi dijangka akan memberikan jawapan terhadap dakwaan penjualan dokumen rahsia tentera laut negara ini kepada syarikat pembinaan kapal selam Perancis DCNS bagi memudahkan mereka memenangi bidaan tersebut dengan harga €1 billion (RM4 bilion) pada 2002.

Dipetik laporan Reuters, Najib yang pada masa itu merupakan menteri pertahanan, telah menafikan dakwaan tersebut. Tiada bukti yang mengaitkan beliau dengan rasuah berhubung proses jual beli berkenaan, dan penyokong beliau berkata pihak pembangkang sengaja menimbulkan perkara itu semata-mata mahu mencalarkan imejnya selaku perdana menteri memandangkan pilihan raya umum ke-13 semakin hampir.

Agensi berita itu juga mengatakan, kerajaan pimpinan Najib sedang berhadapan tekanan untuk memberikan penjelasan selepas dokumen itu didedahkan di mahkamah di Perancis oleh kumpulan hak asasi manusia Malaysia (Suaram) dan disebarkan secara meluas di media online.

Dokumen yang turut mengandungi rekod rampasan pihak berkuasa Perancis dalam serbuan di pejabat DCNS menunjukkan bukti pembayaran yang dibuat dua syarikat yang dimiliki oleh bekas penganalisis politik, Razak Baginda, yang juga merupakan bekas pembantu Najib yang bertanggungjawab menguruskan pembelian tersebut.

Dokumen berkenaan yang turut dipaparkan di laman media online, Asia Sentinel turut memaparkan laporan yang disediakan DCNS yang menyatakan kontrak pertahanan yang besar memerlukan “pemindahan wang yang besar kepada individu dan / atau organisasi”.

“Di Malaysia, biasanya … kerajaan pemerintah adalah pihak yang lebih banyak memperolehi manfaat,” kata dokumen terbabit, merujuk kepada pemerintahan Umno, yang kini diketuai oleh Najib.

Dokumen lain pula menyebut, bekas ketua eksekutif DCNS berkata, Perimekar, salah satu daripada syarikat Razak Baginda berperanan sebagai tidak lebih daripada “agensi pelancongan” yang diwujudkan bagi mencetuskan “pengkayaan yang tidak adil kepada pemegang sahamnya.”

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Joseph Brahan, peguam yang mewakili Suaram di mahkamah di Perancis memberitahu Reuters bahawa dokumen berkenaan adalah asli dan itu adalah salinan asalnya.

“Kami tidak boleh membuktikan wang itu disalurkan kepada Umno. Namun kami boleh membuktikan wang itu wang rasuah. Jika tidak kerana rasuah, untuk apa mereka dibayar,” kata Breham.

Pegawai-pegawai di DCNS, yang dimiliki oleh sebahagian syarikat pertahanan elektronik kumpulan Thales, bagaimanapun tidak dapat dihubungi. Pegawai kerajaan Malaysia juga tidak akan bertindak balas terhadap permintaan untuk memberikan komen berhubung perkara itu.

Satu sumber yang rapat kepada kerajaan Malaysia berkata bahawa Suaram telah banyak dikaitkan kepada pembangkang, yang mana bertujuan untuk menjatuhkan kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) dalam pilihan raya, yang mana Najib mesti lakukan Mac depan.

Penyokong kerajaan mengatakan bahawa pendakwaan sivil, seperti yang dibawa oleh Suaram, adalah perkara biasa di Perancis dan tiada tanda-tanda bahawa jenayah telah dilakukan.

Breham berkata kepada kepada pemberita pada sidang akhbar di Bangkok bulan lepas bahawa dokumen sulit tentera laut Malaysia telah dijual kepada DCNS oleh satu firma Razak Baginda, Terasasi, pada harga €36 juta. Ahli-ahli politik pembangkang telah mengatakan bahawa jika dakwaan itu benar, ia menunjukkan pengkhianatan kepada negara.

Kerajaan Malaysia telah mengakui bahawa Perimekar menerima €114 juta bagi perkhidmatan sokongannya, tetapi masih belum memberikan kenyataan berhubung peranan Terasasi yang berpangkalan di Hong Kong.

Dokumen berkenaan juga menyebut hubungan Razak Baginda dengan Altantuya Shaariibuu, jurubahasa dan model Mongolia yang dibunuh menggunakan bahan letupan gred tentera di Kuala Lumpur pada tahun 2006.

Razak Baginda telah dibebaskan daripada tuduhan tersebut, namun dua pengawal peribadi Najib telah disabitkan kesalahan dan dipenjarakan atas kesalahan membunuh wanita itu. Razak Baginda dipercayai telah berpindah ke Eropah dan tidak dapat dihubungi untuk mendapatkan kenyataan.

Dakwaan-dakwaan yang muncul daripada mahkamah Perancis telah membantu pembangkang merangsang Malaysia. Gabungan itu dijangka untuk memenangi pilihan raya tetapi kemenangan adalah jauh dari yang dijangkakan selepas pembangkang telah memperolehi kemenangan mengejut pada tahun 2008 yang menggemparkan cengkaman kuasa BN yang telah memerintah lebih separuh abad.

“Mana-mana implikasi bahawa perjanjian Scorpene adalah satu tindakan rasuah cukup untuk menggagalkan beliau (Najib),” kata Ahli Parlimen pembangkang, Tony Pua kepada Reuters dalam satu majlis makan malam baru-baru ini untuk mengumpul dana untuk perbelanjaan guaman Suaram.

27 June 2012

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KeadilanDaily

Debat antara Anwar Ibrahim dan Najib Razak perlu diadakan agar rakyat dapat menilai hujah serta kewibawaan mereka bagi memilih siapa bakal meneraju negara pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke 13 (PRU 13), kata Pengarah Komunikasi KEADILAN, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

“Debat antara Perdana Menteri dan Ketua Pembangkang sememangnya ditunggu-tunggu untuk mereka berhujah secara berhadapan dan disaksikan seluruh rakyat Malaysia, malangnya masih belum mendapat persetujuan Najib sedangkan (Datuk Seri) Anwar telah lama menyatakan kesediaannya,” kata Nik Nazmi kepada Keadilan Daily.

Beliau berkata, perdebatan itu adalah sebahagian daripada kaedah untuk kedua-duanya menerangkan kepada umum mengenai manifesto pilihanraya seperti diumum menteri.

“Kita (Pakatan Rakyat) menyambut baik kebenaran untuk membentangkan manifesto menjelang PRU 13. Ini merupakan satu kejayaan Bersih hasil dari desakan rakyat.

“Kita juga menanti apakah syarat dan peraturan yang akan digariskan oleh kerajaan,” katanya yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Seri Setia.

Sebelum ini, Menteri Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim membenarkan setiap parti politik membentangkan manifesto pilihan raya masing-masing menerusi semua badan penyiaran tempatan, khususnya stesen televisyen.

Bagaimanapun, Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR), Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof baru-baru ini mahu setiap parti politik yang ingin membentangkan manifesto pilihan raya masing-masing menerusi Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) hanya dibenarkan berbuat demikian secara rakaman dan bukannya secara langsung.

Sementara itu, Naib Presiden KEADILAN, Tian Chua meminta supaya ruang keterbukaan diberikan secara seimbang dan adil kepada semua pihak terutamanya Pembangkang.

“Kita akan teliti keputusan ini kerana tuntutan sebenar kami ialah kami mahu diberikan ruang media yang saksama. Jika BN diberi ruang masa setengah jam, kita juga perlu diberi tempoh yang sama,” kata Ahli Parlimen Batu itu lagi.

26 June 2012

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The Asia Sentinel

The 133 official documents uploaded onto this website are from the Directorate-General of the French National Police and the Judicial Police Directorate’s anti-organized and financial crimes unit.

They were presented to a French anti-corruption court in May and June of 2011. Taken together, they present –in French – the clearest picture to date of the two-decade campaign by the French state-owned defense manufacturer DCN and its subsidiaries to sell Scorpene submarines to the Malaysian Ministry of Defense.

Asia Sentinel’s story summarizing what is in the documents is in a collection in Asia Sentinel’s Scribd account. They tell a story of corruption on both sides of the world that included – according to one presentation to the court – “blackmail, bribery, influence peddling, misuse of corporate assets and concealment.” The documents show that many of these activities were carried out with the full knowledge if not connivance of top officials in both the French and Malaysian governments.

ImageClick here to view the documents.

There is considerable doubt in Malaysia that these documents actually exist, and that the story of corruption was fabricated by the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition. Here is proof that they exist indeed. Readers who speak French may examine them at their leisure.

The documents were sent anonymously to Asia Sentinel because of our persistence in cataloguing the story of the submarines since October 2006, when Altantuya Shaariibuu, a 28-year-old Mongolian party girl and translator of sorts, was murdered in a patch of jungle near the suburban city of Shah Alam and her body was blown to bits with C4 explosives.

It subsequently became apparent that Altantuya had accompanied Abdul Razak Baginda, the head of Malaysian Strategic Services and a close associate of then-Defense Minister Najib Tun Razak, to Paris and Brest during final negotiations for the contract to train Malaysian sailors and to maintain the submarines once they arrived in Malaysia. Althought the documents indicate French authorities found no record that Altantuya had ever entered France, Asia Sentinel ran a series of pictures of her in Pars in front of the Louis Vuitton Paris shop, the Arc de Triomphe, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and other locations. The story and pictures, whjich ran on Dec. 5, 2007, can be found here:

Two of Najib’s bodyguards – one of whom said in a formal statement that they were to be paid RM100,000 to kill the woman – were convicted of murder, but the courts carefully stayed away from identifying who had ordered her death.

The case eventually spread to France, where lawyers led by William Bourdon were engaged by the Malaysian NGO Suaram to attempt to get to the bottom of the case. Their efforts led French anti- corruption police to raid the offices of DCN and its subsidiaries. Thousands of documents were seized, along with computers and vast stores of documents and files. For the better part of two months, prosecutors detailed the evidence in a French courtroom. They will stay on the Asia Sentinel website as a public service for readers to compile their own evidence of a scandal that infected two governments.

26 June 2012

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The Malaysian Insider

The federal opposition has accused the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) of threatening the public with the “Janji Ditepati” (Promises Fulfilled) theme for this year’s Merdeka celebrations.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers told The Malaysian Insider the theme ran contrary to the ideas of freedom associated with independence and condemned Datuk Seri Najib Razak for using a national holiday and state apparatus for “narrow political propaganda.”

“He doesn’t care anymore,” Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, referring to the prime minister.

The PKR de facto leader added that “instead of a message of freedom that can be embraced by everyone” the ruling coalition chose a theme that “runs contrary to independence and instead threatens and fragments Malaysians.”

DAP vice-chairman Tan Kok Wai also said the “anyone can tell it is an election slogan” that “fails to inspire people to unite”.

“It should transcend party politics instead of being a BN slogan that tries to snare you in a net,” the Cheras MP said.

Tan said the theme was ‘an election slogan’ that ‘fails to inspire people to unite’.
The government had announced yesterday the theme for Malaysia Day and National Day celebrations, which fall on September 16 and August 31 respectively, with the latter seeing Najib address the country in a night event at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The Umno president has been campaigning across the country on a tour dubbed “Jelajah Janti Ditepati” over the past month in which he has accused the opposition of being an unreliable government which does not fulfil its promises.

The strategy appears to be geared towards winning approval for the BN coalition which lags far behind the prime minister’s own popularity.

The Pekan MP received a 65 per cent approval rating in a Merdeka Center poll last month but his government only gained a 48 per cent approval in the survey done after the Bersih rally on April 28.

PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar pointed out that with this announcement, “it is certain elections won’t be before September 16.”

“This propaganda was started by the new Chief Secretary, who told civil servants not to believe the opposition’s empty promises,” he said, referring to Datuk Seri Ali Hamsa’s statement on Sunday to the 1.4-million-strong public service.

“Merdeka should be about the freedom of the mind, and freedom from fear of change. Instead, the government is saying, if you change you will lose this and that,” the Pokok Sena MP said.

26 June 2012

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Malaysiakini

While French police investigations have revealed that Altantuya Shaariibuu never entered France from 1999 to 2006, there are photographs of her taken in Paris published several years ago, that indicate otherwise.

A report on the French police investigations was carried by online news portal Free Malaysia Today (FMT) in an article headlined ‘French probe: Altantuya never entered France’.

The report published yesterday was based on confidential investigative documents submitted to the French judicial inquiry that is looking into alleged kickbacks paid out in the 2002 Scorpene submarine deal between French firm DCNS and the Malaysian government.

However, in 2007, a series of photographs made available to Asia Sentinel by Syed Abdul Rahman Al-Habshi, the former honourary Mongolian consul-general in Malaysia, showed Altantuya “on the trip of her life to Europe”.

According to the Hong Kong-based news portal, Syed Abdul Rahman had then declined to say where the pictures came from.

They are believed to have been found among Altantuya’s possessions after she was killed, according to Asia Sentinel in an article headlined ‘Who was Altantuya Shaariibuu?’, written by John Berthelsen on Dec 5 of that year.

“If you go to the Asia Sentinel site, you will see pictures of her standing in front of a Louis Vuitton store, the Buddha Bar, Notre Dame Cathedral and a whole flock of other locations in Paris,” Berthelsen told Malaysiakini.

Berthelsen, a former Asian Wall Street Journal correspondent in Malaysia, also said Altantuya’s family had declined to elaborate on the photographs.

However, in April this year, Altantuya’s father Setev Shaariibuu told a press conference hosted by Suaram in Kuala Lumpur that his daughter’s visa to France was issued in Kuala Lumpur under the name “Amina Abdullah” and that she was supposed to enter Paris after flying to Germany.

Red flag on alleged Altantuya-Najib photo

The FMT report says the latest revelation from the French police investigation raises a red flag on the existence of a photograph of the Mongolian woman, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his close ally, Abdul Razak Baginda in Paris, allegedly taken between 2004 and 2006.

The alleged photograph was made known at the murder trial of Altantuya during the testimony of her cousin Burmaa Oyunchimeg, who had accompanied the Altantuya to Kuala Lumpur to purportedly extort money from Abdul Razak.

The photograph was not among Altantuya’s possessions after her body – blown into bits with C4 military explosives – was found in a jungle clearing in Shah Alam in October 2006.

Two police officers who were once bodyguards to Najib have been convicted of Altantuya’s murder and sentenced to death. They are now awaiting their appeal.

Abdul Razak (left) was also charged with abetment in Altantuya’s murder, but he was acquitted without being called to make his defence.

FMT reported that the French police investigation papers revealed that Najib – who was defence minister at that time – and Razak were on an official visit to Paris from June 16 to 18 in 2000.

Najib also visited France in July 2001, July 2003, June 2005 and October 2007 but it is possible that Najib and his entourage could have entered France through diplomatic channels, the FMT report said.

Officials of state-owned defence giant DCNS have also informed the French police that they never met a person named Altantuya and did not know who she was during the course of their negotiations for the Scorpene deal, the report said.

The confidential documents also raise questions about Altantuya’s role as a translator for the deal since the DCNS officials had also informed the French police that negotiations for the submarines were done in Malaysia, not in France.

“One official – DCNS former sales manager in Malaysia, Fredric Faura – told the French investigators that the negotiations were conducted in English, not in French, so there is no need for an interpreter,” FMT added in its report.

“Furthermore, Altantuya did not speak French, so she could not have acted as an English-French interpreter.”

26 June 2012

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Malaysiakini

PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has lashed out at the authorities for downplaying alleged problems with the national air traffic control system by calling this “minor glitches”.

She said the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) had said “minor glitches” had been spotted in the 26.05 million euro (RM128.4 million) system installed nationwide, while the Transport Ministry has claimed that it is “performing well”.

She said the statements are a far cry from complaints by Subang air traffic controllers that there are “clear weaknesses that render the system unstable”.

In a June 13 letter to Nurul Izzah, DCA director-general Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the regulatory body had held five meetings with the Italian radar systems provider, Selex Sistemi Integriti SpA, from January to May to “monitor improvements to the system”.

Nurul Izzah had claimed that the Human Machine Interface (HMI) fitted to the National Air Traffic Control Centre (NATCC) has been defective since being installed on Dec 13 last year.

She based her allegations on documents she had received, the source of which could not be independently verified.

According to the documents, the NATCC director had sent out a memo to “all traffic controllers, in particular highlighting the inconsistency in cleared flight level”.

A letter addressed to their director and dated Jan 4, had 11 signatories including NATCC’s deputy director of air traffic control.

They complained that efforts to rectify the problems up to then were “very disappointing”, and air traffic controllers had been advised to be cautious.

NATCC’s systems coordinate air traffic over the entire country’s airspace and any problems in the system would compromise flight safety.

Azharuddin explained that the DCA had began upgrading the Air Traffic Control (ATC) mechanism in stages under the Malaysia Air Traffic Services Modernisation Programme since 1992, with the latest being Sibu and Tawau where the radars were fitted in 2010.

“While the ATC system was being improved in stages, Selex was then given the Certificate of Practical Completion (CPC) on Dec 21, 2011… as stated under Clauses 44 and 47 of the conditions of contract, the contractor has to “make good any defects, imperfections, shrinkages or any faults whatsoever” during the Defects Liability Period which will take two years,” the letter states.

“With that assurance from Selex though the CPC, the DCA used the new system. For your information, the new system before it was used by the DCA, was researched and a Safety Management System (SMS) was conducted as required by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).”

Noting that safety is a “very important aspect”, he said the software used in the ATC system had undergone a quality assurance process at the point of manufacture in Italy.

The letter further clarifies that the DCA is monitoring the “glitches” and as for the problems faced by the ATC in Subang, 78 percent have been resolved, 10 percent are being tested and 12 percent are being analysed at the Selex factory in Italy.

He also responded to Nurul Izzah’s call for an audit on system, saying that the ICAO has conducted two audits on DCA and found it to be compliant with international specifications.

‘Absence of open tender’

However, Nurul Izzah retorted that the audits on DCA “do not calm public concern” as the fault is in the system and not with the regulator.

The letter however, fails to address why the project was not awarded through an open tender, when it was pointed out that Selex is embroiled in controversy, she said.

“It has also come to my attention that (the contractor) was given a 5+5 years maintenance contract for this system upgrade without an open tender being conducted. I am made to understand that for the Kuala Lumpur International Airport as an example, the length of maintenance contract for a similar service is three years,” she said.

“Hence, Transport Ministry must explain the length and the lack of an open tender, if indeed this is the case.”

According to an AFP report, Selex has been investigated since 2010 over allegations that it had been given no-bid contracts by the Italian civil aviation agency Enav.

Most recently, the probe led authorities to search the home of the Vatican’s former de facto bank chief Ettore Gotti Tedeschi on June 6 for documents pertaining to the case.

Selex is also a wholly-owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA, a defence company that is facing its own set of corruption allegations.

These range from claims that its former chairperson had created false invoices and slush funds to pay off politicians to allegations that its current chairperson had greased helicopter deals with India when he was the head of its subsidiary, AgustaWestland.

Finmeccanica and Selex have consistently denied any wrongdoing.

26 June 2012

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Malaysiakini

PKR akan membuat pendedahan setiap dua hari bermula hari ini mengenai apa yang didakwanya skandal pemberian kontrak pembinaan projek tambahan sistem LRT Ampang yang bernilai RM960 juta.

Pengarah Strategi PKR, Rafizi Ramli (kanan) berkata, projek tersebut yang didakwa dianugerahkan kepada syarikat yang tidak terpilih melalui proses tender terbuka, telah menjejaskan janji pentadbiran Najib untuk membanteras rasuah.

Berikutan itu, tegasnya, PKR akan membuat pendedahan setiap dua hari mengenai skandal tersebut yang bakal menguji komitmen Najib kepada usaha membanteras rasuah dan penyelewengan.

Katanya, pendedahan tersebut adalah juga sebagai balasan kepada tindakan Umno memutarbelitkan keputusannya menarik diri dari Kerajaan Selangor sebagai petanda wujud keretakan dalam pentadbiran kerajaan negeri itu yang ditunjangi PKR.

Sebaliknya, kata Rafizi, beliau mengambil tindakan tersebut untuk menumpukan perhatian merancang strategi pilihan raya PKR.

“Saya menasihati Datuk Seri Najib supaya menangani skandal ini dengan baik demi menjaga imej pentadbiran beliau,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Rafizi adalah individu yang memainkan peranan penting dalam mendedahkan dakwaan penyalahgunaan pinjaman mudah RM250 juta oleh NFC. milik anggota keluarga Ketua Wanita Umno, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

Shahrizat tidak dilantik semula sebagai menteri pembangunan wanita,
keluarga dan masyarakat, manakala suaminya, Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail didakwa dengan tuduhan pecah amanah jenayah berhubung pinjaman mudah RM250 juta kerajaan kepada NFC.

Berikutan ini,Najib mengambil alih kementerian berkenaan dan tidak melantik ahli parlimen wanita untuk portfolio tersebut.

Mengenai dakwaan skandal pemberian kontrak pembinaan projek tambahan sistem LRT Ampang, Rafizi mendakwa Najib campurtangan dalam tender terbuka untuk memastikan konsortium George Kent memenangi kontrak tersebut yang bernilai hampir satu bilion ringgit.

Beliau mendakwa, PKR mendapat maklumat yang rapat dengan kerajaan bahawa Najib sendiri campurtangan di dalam hal ini untuk memastikan kontrak tersebut dianugerahkan kepada George Kent, sedangkan beliau (Najib) pernah berjanji untuk berlaku telus dan memastikan semua kontrak besar dijalankan secara tender terbuka.

25 June 2012

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We refer to the false allegations published in the NST and Berita Harian on 21st June 2012 that opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had ordered former ACA director of investigations Abdul Razak Idris to make a statutory declaration relating to the RM 3 billion allegation. En Abdul Razak Idris has now denied the allegation that he was ordered by Anwar to make the SD clearing him of wrongdoing. Abdul Razak Idris has communicated this fact to NST and Berita Harian. We have been given a copy of his message in which he says, ” Saya pula bukan diarah oleh DSAI tetapi saya diminta oleh KP SPRM untuk elakkan beliau atau pegawainya disapina oleh DSAI sebagai saksi plaintif dlm civil suit terhadap NST yg didengar pd akhir Nov 2009.” From the preceding, it is clear now that the UMNO- owned NST and Berita Harian published a blatant lie against Anwar in order to inflict political damage upon him. This campaign of libel and character assasination is of course carried out with the knowledge and approval of Prime Minister Najib and UMNO who own these two newspapers. This denial by En Abdul Razak Idris’ gives clear proof of the underhand UMNO campaign to defame and villify Anwar Ibrahim. UMNO and its media have now been caught red-handed making a false statement of a very serious nature about Anwar.The opposition leader has through his solicitors today issued a demand to the NST and Berita Harian newspapers to publish with equal prominence Abdul Razak Idris’ denial that he was ordered to make the SD by Anwar. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim also claims damages and an undertaking that the false allegations will not be repeated.
 
Issued by,
N SURENDRAN
VICE PRESIDENT
KEADILAN
 
SIVARASA RASIAH
MEMBER OF POLITICAL BUREAU &
MP FOR SUBANG

25 June 2012

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