19 Nov 2020
Press statement by MCA Vice President Datuk Tan Teik Cheng
Allegations to stir racial sentiments, does Anthony Loke oppose open tenders?
Immediate past Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook must be taken to task regarding his allegations on the Klang Valley Double Tracking Phase 2 (KVDT2) project, as he had quoted one sidedly only ie from the contractor to target the Transport Ministry (MoT), besides accusing MoT of telling the contractor to sub-contract the project to a “China company.” What are his intentions to make such allegations?
As long as the project complies with the law and administrative procedures and works in the best interest of the country and public, government Ministries or agencies may award the project to any company via public bidding. Does Anthony Loke oppose open tenders?
Anthony Loke must not deliberately fan racial sentiments. If he has concrete evidence, he should hide behind the august Parliament to defame Datuk Seri Ir Dr Wee Ka Siong yet avoid legal suits. We challenge him to repeat his allegations against Dr Wee outside of Parliament.
As a former Cabinet Minister, Anthony Loke actually cited an affidavit filed at the High Court by the contractor to accuse Dr Wee on the basis of the company’s words.
As the current Transport Minister, Dr Wee fulfilled his responsibility by reviewing the KVDT2 contract and reopened bidding in the interest of the nation and the rakyat. Why should Anthony Loke have an issue with this? On the other hand, as the former Transport Minister, not only is he making himself a spokesman for the contractor, he is sensationalising racial sentiments by alleging that Dr Wee attempted to press that KVDT2 be subcontracted to a “China company.”
Again it must be stressed. So long as the project complies with the laws and administrative procedures and protects the interests of the nation and the rakyat, why is it a issue if the project was indeed awarded to a “China company?”
By Anthony Loke’s argument, is it right to award a project to contractors who enjoy a close relationship with DAP, just like the scandal-hit RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel mega project, so that they can reap huge profits?
Datuk Tan Teik Cheng
MCA Vice President