TTF: Muhyiddin, Muhyiddin…
Here’s the thing – our Minister of Home Affairs, Muhyiddin, wants to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the existence of human trafficking death camps and mass graves in Wang Kelian (see news item, far below).
But this is the same guy who launched the scandalous RM4.1 billion 1BestariNet project, awarded to YTL Communications Sdn Bhd (YCom), a wholly-owned subsidiary of YTL e-Solutions Berhad (YTLE).
The project was aimed at providing 9,924 government schools nationwide with high-speed 4G connectivity and an online learning platform with the Frog VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).
In 2011, YCom was tasked with reducing the digital divide between rural and urban students through a RM663 million contract that spanned a 15-year period and covered various phases.
On the 4th of October 2016, SeaDemon wrote:
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in 2015 concluded that the implementation of the First Phase of the project is a failure. Not even a project steering committee and project technical committee were established at ministry-level to ensure its smooth implementation.
Responding to the PAC report, Economic Advisor to the Concerned Social-Minded Association (Persatuan Minda Sosial Prihatin) Suud Ridzuan called for Muhyiddin, the then Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Education to step down to facilitate the investigation into the scandal.
“According to the PAC, this project is a failure. Why was there a need to spend so much for this program?” he asked. “I urge the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission to investigate.”
The BN-friendly portal www.pru14.tv also raised a few doubts about the project. They are among others:
1. the installation of 1BestariNet Receiver Integrated System (1BRIS) communication towers that are supposed to transmit and receive high-speed wireless data in schools that do not have the appropriate LAN (Local Access Network) structure,
2. the refusal by YTL to pay RM1,200 per month to the Ministry of Education (MoE) as recommended by the Property Valuation and Service Department for each 1BRIS site. The MoE has thus far bowed down to YTL by allowing them to pay RM1,000 for each 1BRIS site instead;
3. the installation of the 1BRIS towers increased the electricity bill for each school by RM120 to RM150 monthly. With YTL’s refusal to pay the RM500 for each 1BRIS tower site, the MoE would have to fork out between RM5.77 million to RM6.92 million each year until the expiration of the contract.
The portal also alleged Muhyiddin’s son-in-law’s involvement in the project, an allegation that has gone unanswered by Muhyiddin.
A 2013 report by the Auditor General didn’t paint a very rosy picture either.
Speculation was rife that Muhyiddin, who shared a close rapport with YTL owner and founder, the late Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay, had siphoned a good sum of money from the project through three proxy concerns, all linked to Tan Sr Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary.
Both Mokhtar and Tiong Lay are well known associates and cronies of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, world’s oldest Prime Minister.
On the 2nd of September 2018, TTF wrote:
To prevent the possibility of there being competition for his sons in the near or distant future, Mahathir is undertaking to consolidate all oil and gas related entities in Malaysia that are service based under the roofs of his cronies.
That helps explain Vincent’s recent purchase of T7 Global shares and the initial scrapping of the HSR project.
By calling off the project, Mahathir effected a 37.6 percent decline in the price of Gamuda Berhad’s shares which Daim’s and Vincent’s people have since purchased.
The developer and asset owner of the project, MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bid, selected Malaysian Resources Corp Berhad – Gamuda Berhad (MRCB-Gamuda) and Syarikat Yeoh Tiong Lay Sdn Bhd – TH Properties Sdn Bhd (YTL-THP) for its project delivery partner tender.
Gamuda was tasked to assist in the northern part of the project alignment.
Gamuda had previously partaken in a 50:50 joint venture (JV) to provide engineering and infrastructure solutions mainly to the Government of Malaysia (GoM).
The company it partnered with, MMC Corporation Berhad, is an investment holding entity that is 51.8 percent owned by Tan Sr Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary.
Syed was the onetime owner of an oil and gas concern that he recently sold to one of his own companies, Melati Pertiwi Sdn Bhd.
Prior to that, on the 21st of July 2018, I wrote:
Thus, not only is Bukhari in the business of oil and gas, he is a joint shareholder with Gamuda in a company that constructs airports, highways, bridges and railway links. That is another reason why Daim is seeking to renegotiate terms associated with the construction of the ECRL. Apart from looking at ways to establish a banking nexus with EXIM and CITIC, the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) de facto chief is seeking to offer MMC-Gamuda a lucrative slice of the ECRL project in a quid pro quo that involves the transfer of Melati Pertiwi shares to his people. The Chinese government is expected to commit itself to Melati Pertiwi in deep sea drilling at the edge of the South China Sea.
The deal would ultimately allow Syed Mokhtar to partake with Vincent in a cost-appreciated version of the railway project and Mahathir to sink his teeth into Syed’s oil and gas interest.
Gamuda’s largest shareholder is Raja Dato’ Seri Eleena Raja Azlan Shah, daughter of the late Raja Azlan Shah.
She happens to be listed in Forbes’ 40 Richest Malaysians as among the country’s richest women in business today.
Then, you have the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) portion of the Track 4A power plant project in Johor being awarded to a consortium consisting of YTL Power International Bhd, Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) and the Johor royal family linked SIPP Energy Sdn Bhd.
What this means, is that one way or the other, directly or indirectly, both Mahathir and Muhyiddin have their hands tied in power, energy and telecommunication deals with the Johor and Perak royal families.
Should these families not press for an RCI into the Bestari.net scandal?
ARAU: The government has agreed to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the existence of human trafficking death camps and mass graves in Wang Kelian.
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the names of individuals who will make up the RCI will be submitted to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for his consent.
Muhyiddin, however, declined to reveal neither the names of the RCI panel members nor when the list of names would be submitted to the King.
“Previously, reports were lodged and the police have conducted an investigation but we find that it may be better to form an RCI to avoid any misunderstanding or prejudice about the issue.”
Muhyiddin said this to reporters after attending a dialogue session organised by the Perlis Malay Congress here today.
On May 25, 2015, police announced the discovery of 139 graves and 28 abandoned camps in the dense jungles along the Thai-Malaysia border in Wang Kelian, Perlis.
The squalid camps were used to house human trafficking victims.
The New Straits Times, after an exhaustive, two-year investigation into the mass killings in Wang Kelian, revealed startling new evidence, which suggested a massive, coordinated cover-up.
Source: NST Online