Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dato Zahrain ! Sekarang lihatlah!

On Dec 10, the date the tender closed, only one company had responded. That company was established on Sept 29, 2008, with an authorised capital of RM100,000 and an initial paid-up capital of RM2.



Penang govt declassifies minutes of country club

By CHRISTINA CHIN

GEORGE TOWN: The state government has declassified confidential minutes of the outsourcing of management and operations of the Bukit Jambul Country Club (BJCC) which is linked to Bayan Baru MP Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohd Hashim.

This followed an allegation by state DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow on Saturday that Zahrain was “politically frustrated” as Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had refused to endorse the PKR lawmaker’s decision to award tender for the privatised management of the BJCC to a RM2 company.

Chow’s accusation came about after Zahrain criticised Lim, calling him a “dictator, a chauvinist and communist-minded”.

Lim, who is Penang Develop­ment Corpora­tion (PDC) board chairman, yesterday released the chronological summary of events beginning with the Island Golf Properties Bhd (IGP) meeting to study the outsourcing of the BJCC last year.

The BJCC is run by IGP, a PDC-owned subsidiary company. Zahrain has been the chairman and director of IGP since July 9, 2008.

According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s office, Lim was against allowing a RM2 private company to win the tender for running the BJCC since it involves expenditure of tens of millions of ringgit.

“The RM2 company had no track record of running a golf club and was established on Sept 29, 2008, clearly with the sole purpose of bidding for the tender,” the statement said.

It said Lim insisted that a fresh tender be held in line with the principles of competency, accoun­ta­bility and transparency.

The fresh tender exercise was carried out and received seven proposals.

The tender award is being finalised and will be decided during a PDC meeting on Feb 9.

The summary, among others, stated that on Dec 3, an open tender was advertised in The Star newspaper for the outsourcing exercise.

On Dec 10, the date the tender closed, only one company had responded. That company was established on Sept 29, 2008, with an authorised capital of RM100,000 and an initial paid-up capital of RM2.

The IGP board agreed in principle last month that the management of the BJCC would be outsourced to the RM2 company subject to the approval of the PDC board.

Last year, the PDC agreed with the IGP board’s proposal for outsourcing the operation of the BJCC but rejected its recommendation that the RM2 company be selected.

Instead, the PDC board agreed with Lim’s recommendation that fresh tenders be called.

In an immediate response to Chow’s statement on Saturday, Zahrain said he had no interest in and had nothing to gain from the project.

TheStarOnline

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