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PR Cronyism in Selangor, a billion land deal signed before state government was dissolved

First is the undersea tunnel scandal in Penang. Now is another billion scandal happened in Selangor under PR cronyism.

The timely exposure by Raja Petra on PR cronyism is a wake-up call that Malaysia will be heading no where whether it is under BN or PR.

Both coalitions are competing on who is more corrupt and robbing the wealth of nation. Even PR wins the election, it’s just another old wine in the new bottle.

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Dijaya originally bid only RM895 million (payable over 20 years) while SP Setia Berhad bid RM1.15 billion (payable over only 6-8 years) and Mah Sing Group Bhd bid RM945 million (payable over only 7 years). This means Dijaya cannot get the deal because their bid is the least attractive of the three. Dijaya was then asked to up their price to RM1.3 billion in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ negotiation.

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Raja Petra Kamarudin

I am glad that a lot of dirt was revealed recently regarding the billions of ringgit worth of ‘rush jobs’ that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak did to beat the 13th General Election deadline. Should a ‘caretaker government’ commit the country to billions of ringgit in contracts when there is always a possibility that the government may change the night of Polling Day?

Of course, there is nothing illegal here and we will not be able to indict and convict anyone for any crime. After all, although Parliament may have been dissolved, life must still go on and it is still business as usual. Nevertheless, there is still the issue of moral although the issue of legal does not arise.

If you just want to focus on legal issues while you ignore moral issues, then for a politician to be caught bonking another woman in a hotel room is not something illegal or criminal. However, it is certainly immoral. Hence the moral aspect of your actions must also be questioned even if there is nothing illegal in what you do.

Another moral issue is concerning the news item below regarding the RM1.3 billion deal (with a RM20 billion earning potential) involving the Selangor State ‘Caretaker’ Government and Dijaya Corporation.

According to the Selangor Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, the deal has not been finalised yet (MB says Dijaya deal not finalised). According to the market, however, it is actually a done-deal.

As I said, this is only a moral issue. Is it a done-deal or is the deal not yet finalised? There are mixed signals here. And should the caretaker government commit the state to this deal when there may be a possibility that the state government may change hands by dinnertime of 5th May 2013?

According to the critics of the deal, this is exactly why they are rushing the deal before 5th May 2013. Pakatan Rakyat is not sure whether it can retain the state so it wants the deal wrapped up before then.

That is one issue.

The second issue is: Dijaya originally bid only RM895 million (payable over 20 years) while SP Setia Berhad bid RM1.15 billion (payable over only 6-8 years) and Mah Sing Group Bhd bid RM945 million (payable over only 7 years). This means Dijaya cannot get the deal because their bid is the least attractive of the three. Dijaya was then asked to up their price to RM1.3 billion in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ negotiation.

Why was Dijaya given the privilege of a behind-the-scenes negotiation and allowed a second bite of the cherry? This is what the other bidders are unhappy about. A tender is a tender and the highest price should get it (if all bidders equally qualify, of course). In this case, Dijaya was allowed to revise their price to out-bid the others.

Interestingly enough, the people behind Dijaya are Ronnie Liu, Teresa Kok and Azmin Ali. And even more interesting is the fact that Dijaya has ‘donated’ RM200 million to Pakatan Rakyat Selangor’s war chest. Furthermore, Azmin threatened to drop Khalid from a Selangor state seat if he objects to the deal and tries to block it (and if Khalid keeps quiet and supports the deal he would be given the Port Kelang state seat).

Now hold on a minute, I thought that the man behind Dijaya is Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s crony, Tan Sri Dato’ Danny Tan Chee Sing! You mean Dr Mahathir’s cronies are also Pakatan Rakyat’s cronies?

Hmm…that is most interesting. No wonder Umno did not make any noise about this. Is this what ABU is all about? Reject Umno but keep giving the Umno cronies plenty of money under a Pakatan Rakyat government?

Well, what does Raja Petra Kamarudin know? After all, he is living in Manchester and does not know what is going on in Malaysia. And Pakatan Rakyat Selangor can certainly do with the RM200 million ‘donation’ to face the coming general election. And does not the ends justify the means (matlamat menghalalkan cara)?

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