Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A case for Selcat: RM2 firm gets rich contract

By B Nantha Kumar

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government has awarded a contract to a previously unknown RM2 company to build nine blocks of high-rise buildings in Section 52, Petaling Jaya, on the site currently occupied by PKNS, sources have told FMT.

They said the state gave the contract to Puncak Wangi Sdn Bhd without calling for tenders.

They allege that the company is associated with PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and suggest that it is a case for the Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) to investigate.

A FMT reporter went to the site and saw a notice indicating that the plan is to build four office blocks, two hotel blocks and two service-apartment blocks.

A source claimed that Azmin allegedly pressured Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim to award the contract to Puncak Wangi.

According to records at the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM), Puncak Wangi was registered on Sept 25, 1995 under the names of S Vasanthi and Cheong Yoke Ling. SSM documents indicate that they lived in the same house in Taman Tan Yew Lai.

However, a week after the registration, Vasanthi and Cheong resigned as directors and were replaced by Nurulhaini Rosli of Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Mahinder Kaur Teja Singh of Ulu Kelang and Zubaidah Ahmad Tajuddin of Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur.

In 2005, Nurulhaini and Mahinder Kaur resigned and were replaced by Mohd Azrin Mohd Barrier and Krushiah Ali Mohamed. Zubaidah is no longer a director, but there is no record of her resignation.

Of Puncak Wangi’s 200,000 shares, Mohd Azrin holds 10,000 and Krushiah 5,000. The rest belongs to Gapurna Sdn Bhd, a family company headed by millionaire Mohd Salim Fateh Din.

A check with the Selangor Land and Mines Office revealed that Mohd Salim also owns Bisraya Construction Sdn Bhd, which placed a caveat on the PKNS land in May last year.

The registered addresses of Puncak Wangi, Gapurna and Bisraya are all at Kelana Brem Tower in Kelana Jaya. And the three companies share one secretary by the name of Gong Lu Kew.

A PKR leader in Kelana Jaya told FMT that Azmin was known to have an interest in developing PKNS land for commercial purposes.

He also said that after the 2008 general election, many of the big contractors who used to support BN switched their allegiance to Pakatan.

He said he and several associates had tried to solve the mystery behind Puncak Wangi by checking on the backgrounds of Mohd Azri and Krushiah.

“We found they are not prominent figures,” he said. “They don’t even seem to have enough money to buy nice cars. They use only Satria and Kancil.

"Where does their money go? Who makes profits by using their name? I hope Selcat can reveal the mystery behind the contract."

Source : http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/fmt-english/politics/pakatan-rakyat/14515-a-case-for-selcat-rm2-firm-gets-rich-contract

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