Those 'upset' over HeiTech Padu's RM190mil contract urged to lodge MACC report [NSTTV]

KUALA LUMPUR: Those who are unhappy over HeiTech Padu's successful bid for a RM190 million Road Transport Department (RTD) contract can lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), says Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

He said the Prime Minister and the Cabinet viewed seriously the insinuations made about the government over the awarding of the contract to HeiTech Padu.

At a press conference, Loke said some people are insinuating that the contract was awarded to HeiTech Padu because Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak was a substantial shareholder.

Farhash was a former aide to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim before the latter assumed office.

Loke said the Transport Ministry's procurement board had decided on awarding the contract to HeiTech Padu on November 24, 2023, as its bid was the lowest among the three companies that participated in the open tender.

"On Feb 2, 2024, the Finance Ministry gave its approval (to award the contract to HeiTech Padu).

The letter of award was issued to HeiTech Padu on April 5, after internal processes were completed.

"It's not an overnight process," said Loke.

Farhash became a substantial shareholder of HeiTech Padu on March 16.

"The decision on the tender was made before Farhash bought the shares," he said.

Loke said the Prime Minister emphasised that no contract has been offered to HeiTech Padu after Farhash became a substantial shareholder.

"The Prime Minister welcomes anyone unhappy with this explanation to lodge a MACC report so that a thorough investigation can be carried out."

The contract awarded to Hei Tech Padu is for the MySikap system and covers software and hardware components, as well as servers at RTD offices nationwide.

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