Tuesday, February 21, 2012

RM2.2 Billion Highway Contract

Yesterday was the start of my first day of class at Monash University Sunway Campus for the GCHE (Graduate Certificate in Higher Education) program – a professional development course for academics in the higher education industry. Basically, it is designed for teaching staff to develop expertise in the study of teaching and learning, with attention to developing appropriate teaching and learning strategies. Yesterday’s session was facilitated by Dr Low Sew Ming and today, it is the turn of Dr Kathryn Barker, Dr Glenda Crosling and Low.

I was also at the 3rd Mile Square in Old Klang Road for the Money & You Toastmasters meeting in the evening. J-Son as the Toastmaster of the Evening was kind enough to grant me a speaking slot and I delivered an Advanced speech “A Fact-Finding Report” from the Speaking to Inform manual, titled Deaths on Buses. It was the usual fun meeting one can expect from this Club and I enjoyed it very much. An 8 out of a 10.

Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin first made the claim yesterday that Harafizam Harun (who is UMNO’s legal advisor) and Zaki Azmi (former Chief Justice), who retired on September 9 last year, were awarded the highway contract, via Emrail that will be a tolled road.

Today, Harafizam was reported to have confirmed that a company controlled by him, and in which Zaki’s wife is director, was awarded a lucrative RM2.2 billion contract to build the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex).

But he told The Malaysian Insider that any suggestion of a deal struck because of his role in the Perak constitutional crisis in 2009 – that saw the state government switch from PR to BN which is held together by UMNO – was “tainted with mala fide (bad faith) and intended to bring me and Tun Zaki into public odium, scandal and disrepute.”

Zaki declined to comment when contacted for the article.

I am sure readers can put two and two together and form their own conclusion! Didn’t I say that cronyism is alive and well in this country?

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