By Chew Lip Song
HEALTH Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba has refuted allegations that he has an interest in a company being investigated for corruption over a RM30 million government contract to conduct Covid-19 testings.
A statement issued by his office last night said allegations of impropriety on the part of the minister by linking him to Khazanah Jaya Sdn Bhd (KJSB), was part of a smear campaign.
“It must be sternly said that the minister has never given any instructions to any ministry officials to approve the awarding of contracts to KJSB or any companies.
“All procurement and purchases by the Health Ministry done throughout the Covid-19 outbreak were done according to procedure and due diligence led by the ministry’s secretary-general and responsible officials,” the statement added.
Earlier an NGO had claimed that one of KJSB’s directors had sat on the same board of a company linked to Dr Adham’s chain of clinics, South Asia Noble Sdn Bhd (SANSB) .
Dr Adham’s office said the director had left SANSB in 2015 and the NGO had had bad intention to smear the minister
Despite the accusations leveled against him, the statement said Dr Adham welcomed investigations by the MACC and was prepared to cooperate fully with investigators.
The MACC had called up several companies over a probe involving the award of contracts to supply Covid-19 laboratory equipment worth RM30 million.
Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department director Commissioner Datuk Huzir Mohamed said an investigation paper has been opened following the report that was lodged by the Health Ministry.