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Ismail Government Slammed For "Sham Open Tender" In New Multi-Billion Defence Controversy
Saturday, November 12, 2022


Sarawak Report : Brigadier General Date Lau Kong Cheng knows a lot about defence procurement having acted as a consultant following his long career as a fighter pilot.

This week he has gone public over what he says is yet another defence contract stitch up after months of complaints that went to the very top of government but which he claims have been ignored.

If so, his allegations provide further evidence that the coup coalition of losing parties which overthrew the elected government in 2020 went straight back to their old corrupted practices in their scramble for cash.

A brief to the MACC sighted by Sarawak Report alleges “unscrupulous decisions” and “treacherous actions” amounting to “abuse of power” and “corrupt practices” that will deprive the nation of the best defence system and price:

The proper Open International Tender process for the 2 systems are not adhered to and have been deviously aimed and manipulated towards selecting pre-determined systems i.e. Anka UAS [drones] and FA-50 FLIT-LCA [aircraft]. This has prevented all Tender bidders from Fair, Transparent and Professional Evaluation and Comparisons of their Tender bid systems. These unscrupulous decisions and collaborated actions amount to abuse of power and are indications of corrupt practices. These treacherous actions, if not prevented may result in the nation being denied the choice of the best performing, most value for money, cost- effective and long term viable systems for future credible defence

The alleged pre-selection of the preferred bidders occurred, he says, despite a public pretence at operating an open international tendering exercise in line with the reforms introduced by the previous Pakistan Harapan government.

At issue are two massive airforce contracts set to be awarded by the Ministry of Defence. One for 36 fighter jets at RM8 billion and one for 3 drones at RM4-500 million. They were rushed into being following the coup (2020 for the drones and in 2021 the jets) by the then new defence minister, none other than Ismail Sabri, who has now taken over as prime minister.

The process was touted as being kept in line with the reforming anti-corruption procedures which had been introduced by the Harapan government and for that reason a wide slate of international competitors stepped into tender, including the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) represented by Brigadier General Lau.

However, by last November Lau has told Sarawak Report he had come to the conclusion that the so-call open tender process was just a “big show” put on for the public, when in fact it was “all hogwash a sham and a fraud”. 

The reason being that only two companies have been provided the opportunity to present a proper demonstration of their products – one is the Turkish Anka UAS model for the drones and one the Korean FA-50 FLIT-LCA for the aircraft – whilst the rest of the contenders have been sidelined and ignored.

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