Ahmad Said awarded a RM7.5 million contract directly to a handicraft company (direct nego) for the supply of full uniforms for the commission’s personnel. WTF!! supply of uniforms from a Syarikat Kraftangan????
KLANG (Dec 13, 2009): A police report was lodged today against former Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) Chief Commissoner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan for allegedly awarding a RM7.5 million contract directly to a handicraft company for the supply of full uniforms for the commission’s personnel.
Kapar MP S.Manikavasagam, who lodged the report at the Klang district police headquarters at noon, said the contract should have been awarded through an open tender process and not direct negotiations between Ahmad and Syarikat Mariwasa Kraftangan Sdn Bhd.
He said he had received information about the matter lately and on carrying out a background search on the company, he found their nature of business was making metal medals and handicraft.
“I believe there are elements of criminal breach of trust here as Finance Ministry procedures do not permit the award of government contracts through direct negotiations. This condition is relaxed in special cases involving certain security equipment or that with specific requirements, but not for personnel uniforms,” he said.
Manikavasagam said the handicraft company had supplied the MACC their outfits by sourcing for the material from another company based in Kajang.
He said Syarikat Mariwasa Kraftangan Sdn Bhd had also sub-contracted the tailoring of the uniforms to Maroz Tailoring Sdn Bhd.
“By all these sub-contracting, the cost of producing the uniforms had ballooned. There are conditions laid by the finance ministry that the supply of items such as shoes and waist belts be acquired from companies which deal with such items and not a handicraft company. I wondering if there is link between the sudden resignation of Ahmad Said and the award of such contracts by him,” he said.
Ahmad Said announced his resignation more than a week ago, about six months ahead of his retirement next year and was quoted as saying it was time for him to do so and that his deputy Datuk Abu Kassim was capable of taking over.
….and the threats and intimidation.
Mon, Dec 14, 2009
KUALA LUMPUR: Outgoing Malaysian Commission Against Corruption chief Ahmad Said Hamdan is threatening to sue anyone accusing him of wrong doing or abuse of power in connection with allegations over a RM7.5million uniform contract.
“Yes, I did recommend a company that specialised in the tailoring of ‘sensitive’ uniforms but the decision to award the contract was by the Treasury.
“I have nothing to do with the company concerned and I reserve the right to sue anyone who claims that I am involved or have abused my power,” Ahmad Said told a newspaper in response to a police report lodged by Kapar MP S.Manickavasam of PKR yesterday.
Manickavasagam, claimed in his report lodged at the Klang police station yesterday that that a RM7.5mil contract for the new MACC staff uniform had been awarded to a company through direct negotiations without open tender.
He further claimed that Ahmad Said had given the contract without following proper procedures.
The cost of the uniforms had ballooned several times after the tailoring was subcontracted to two other companies located in Kajang and Kuala Lumpur, Manickavasagam alleged.
He said he had documents and invoices to substantiate his allegations and would be bringing up the matter in the coming parliamentary sitting..
Klang district police chief Asst Comm Mohamad Mat Yusop confirmed the report.
Ahmad who opted to conclude his contract end of this year instead of May 25 next year to pave the way for his deputy Abu Kassim Mohammed, has denied speculation that his early retirement has anything to do with political pressure.
“I do not fear threats. I had received threats before, but that had never stopped us from carrying out our duties.
“We are trained to deliver without fear or favour,’’ Ahmad has stated after the submission of his early retirement letter earlier this month. submitting his resignation letter
He had also denied talks that the death of DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock had attributed to his early retirement, saying the matter was a very small and “we have handled much bigger cases.’’
Ahmad Said stated that he had decided to retire early so that his successor could have a fresh start from the beginning of a new year and he was happy that he will could spend more time with his family on his retirement.