Selangor Journal

Mindef to cooperate fully with MACC over procurement cartel

KOTA TINGGI, Jan 20 — The Defence Ministry will fully cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in its investigation of the ‘procurement cartel’ case, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

The case involves construction work worth over RM9 million at a Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) camp in Johor, and he hopes appropriate action will be taken against those involved to serve as a lesson to all parties.

“There is an investigation; let the MACC investigate so that the appropriate actions can be taken.

“As Defence Minister, I welcome and will cooperate with the MACC, and I hope this will serve as a lesson so that approved government projects reach their targets,” Khaled said to the press.

He was speaking at the Sedili Kota Tinggi Madani Community Carnival, at SK Sedili Besar today.

Khaled was responding to queries about three individuals who were remanded for seven days starting yesterday to assist in investigating the case.

Yesterday, it was reported that three men aged 28 to 47, believed to be the masterminds of the ‘procurement cartel’, were remanded to enable an investigation under Section 18 of the MACC Act 2009.

The trio were arrested by the Johor MACC at 6pm on Thursday (January 18) after they were believed to have made false claims and were the masterminds of the cartel involving 13 supplier companies which manage construction work at the camp.

Meanwhile, Khaled, who is also the Kota Tinggi MP, said the construction of four Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) polyclinics — in Kluang, Johor; Seberang Takir, Terengganu, Sungai Petani, Kedah; and Kuantan, Pahang — will be implemented this year.

“The polyclinics will be built this year; now we are making specifications and will open for tenders,” he said when asked about the progress regarding the construction of the polyclinics.

Previously, Khaled said that he would focus on the welfare of members and ex-servicemen by improving ATM health services this year.

Apart from the construction of the four ATM polyclinics, the Armed Forces’ health services will also be strengthened with Health IT Systems in each Armed Forces Hospital, as well as Specialist Outreach Clinics and Mental Health Programmes.

— Bernama

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