By Chew Lip Song
AS Malaysians face job losses and uncertain economic future due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has emerged that authorities are probing possible impropriety over a RM30 million government procurement related to the outbreak.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating a company over its RM30 million contract to supply mass testing laboratory systems for Covid-19 to the Heath Ministry, The Malaysian Insight reported.
“I can’t reveal the ministry but we will be calling in some witnesses soon,” he told The Malaysian Insight, adding that an MACC team had visited the ministry on April 30.
The probe is looking into the manner the contract was awarded to the company.
“The investigation is still at an early stage. We opened the file as soon as we received information on the contract, as well as through questions which were raised on social media.”
Earlier, former Bukit Bintang MP Wee Choo Keong said in his Twitter that the Health Ministry must come clean on a contract which it had given out for the supply of laboratory mitigation systems for mass testing and personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.
He said the contract was worth “tens of million” and a huge amount of money was paid upfront.
He also said the company was involved in real estates, and was not qualified to get the contract.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Datuk Seri Adham Baba had pledged to co-operate with the MACC in the investigations.
He said that the ministry is also constantly monitoring and ensuring its personnel practised a high level of integrity.
“The ministry will also support the MACC’s efforts to curb corruption and embezzlement. We will continue to work with MACC,” he said in a statement.