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No 'political link' in RM19m tourism contract

2009. 19 July

( The Tourism Ministry has denied any "political link" in the awarding of a RM19 million contract to a pharmaceutical company to build the "Malaysia Pavilion" for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said the multi-million ringgit contract was awarded to Venturepharm Asia Sdn Bhd via an open tender and the process was carried out in a clear and transparent manner.

She also denied the ministry had "helped" the company to win the contract for the construction of "Type 1" pavilion based on the theme "Harmonised City Living" for Malaysia's participation in the expo.

She said in a telephone interview that the ministry would fully cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should the need arise.

The MACC has started investigation following a complaint.

A senior MACC official said that the complainant raised several serious allegations on the way in which the contract was awarded.

"As far as we are concerned, the company complied with all MoF (Ministry of Finance) requirements and the contract was through an open tender," said Ng.

"The allegations are baseless, and absolutely untrue. But we welcome any probe by the MACC and will fully cooperate," she said.

TheSun learnt that MACC investigations centered on how the company, which had its business nature registered as "engaged in research and development and marketing of pharmaceutical products" with the Companies Commission of Malaysia could end up receiving a contract for carrying out exhibition works for the Tourism Ministry.