July 16, 2013
MY COMMENT: Well done, MP (Pandan) Rafizi for keeping to your word. You have now disclosed the supplier and not only that, you have evidence to show that this businessman has links to the top brass in the Election Commission. Surprise? Not really because it is well known that our system of government is incompetent and corrupt.It is time that those responsible for awarding the contract own up to the truth. The EC Chairman as the top honcho must take full responsibility and resign, if he has any pride. I also would like to see what our anti-corruption buster, the MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim intends to do with this matter. There should be no cover up because this exposure has embarrassed the Najib Administration.–Din Merican
Indelible Ink Supplier Exposed
by Jennifer Gomez@http://www.themalaysianinsider.com
He said Mohamed Salleh was a “pro” at conducting direct negotiations with the government.
He had even secured contracts from the defence ministry.Rafizi backed his claim while debating the Supplementary Supply bill today by also providing Mohd Saleh’s identity card number – 671111266502.
During a press conference three weeks ago, Rafizi had asked the EC to reveal the name of the ink supplier or he would do it in Parliament.He had claimed his investigations revealed that the contract for the ink supply was given to a company owned by a Singaporean who had no expertise on the matter.
He also disclosed that the company did not have the capital for the job and had met a Kampung Baru businessman for a RM7 million loan.He further demanded the resignation of the entire EC as the public had lost confidence in it.
UPDATE: THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER
by Jennifer Gomez and Yiswaree Palansamy
The indelible ink contract was given to a Mohamed Salleh Mohd Ali who is closely linked to country’s leadership and the Election Commission’s (EC) top officials, Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli told Parliament today.
He said Mohamed Salleh was a “pro” at conducting direct negotiations with the government. He had even secured contracts from the defence ministry.
Rafizi said Integrated Challenger Malaysia Sdn Bhd, one Mohamed Salleh’s companies, not only secured the contract to supply ink but also t-shirts and caps.
“He is pro, a pro at directly negotiating government contracts, he had contracts from the defence ministry and even contracts on general trading through three of his companies,” Rafizi said. He then provided Mohd Salleh’s identity card number – 671112665021.
Rafizi also said that deals done through direct negotiations, as opposed to open contracts, was one of the causes for the increase in costs because as they were not dependent on market price.
“Now, we want the minister to explain what the government plans to do to reduce the number of direct negotiations, which is an embarrassment and a waste of taxpayers’ money,” he said.
“And what action will be taken against businessmen like Mohamed Salleh. Also what is the status of investigations by MACC into the purchase of indelible ink by the EC?” he asked.
BN Kepala Batas MP Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican told Rafizi direct dealing was a not crime.
“What is the crime over that? It is not a current practice but one that was being done from when Permatang Pauh (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) was the Finance Minister.”
To this, Rafizi replied that such a practice is wrong, especially when there are many other manufacturers who can offer much better service at competitive prices. “Unless the item can only be made by a specific manufacturer owing to its nature,” he added.
Rafizi’s disclosure was the culmination to an ultimatum he had issued to the EC three weeks ago. Rafizi had asked the Election Commission to reveal the name of the ink supplier or he would do it in Parliament.
He had said his investigations revealed that the contract for the ink supply was given to a company owned by a Singaporean who had no expertise on the matter.
He also disclosed that the company did not have the capital for the job and had met a Kampung Baru businessman to acquire a RM7 million loan. He further demanded the resignation of the entire EC as the public had lost confidence in it.