Glad to be back again after a short lull. On the day blogspot.com experienced a glitch, my system engineer called up and advised me to stop blogging for a week as he noticed some brilliants were trying to hack mine. I dont know why but they must have reasons.
I've been left out from so many boiling issues but my fellow-blogger have and are attending to it well enough. I also missed out the MACC invitation on Tuesday due to a bad flu.
I think I just want to touch on a simple yet complex issue. It may upset several people and parties but I am compelled to expose it after talking to some friends and 'victims' of the system. It is about Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia or SSM, located at The KL Sentral.
Complaints are centered on a few persons but the hi-lite is this someone by the name of Khusairi. There are few Khusairis with the SSM and I believe it must be one of them. This Khusairi is said to be very powerful, much powerful than the CEO and other senior personnel.
He makes decision (does he?) and at anytime can decide who and who get SSM projects. Whether the BOD (they are actually Commission Members) and the CEO are aware of this, is something we need to ask. My phone calls to the CEO office (a few times last week) was attended by a sweet girlish voice who kept on saying that her boss was busy.
Now, if this ordinary non-Commission member executive is not that powerful, his name wouldnt be mentioned by some people outside the organisation. The minister in charge of the SMM is also playing adamant to complaints about him. But still, who and what empowers this Khusairi?
A party has already lodged a police report about 'scandals and conspiracy' at SSM, notably in issuing out contracts to various companies. While the general practice is to issue letter of award to the lowest-yet-reasonable bidder, SSM team will opt for the highest bidder instead.
Its government's (taxpayers' money to be precise) money we are talking here. I dont think it is a wise move to give letter of awards to highest bidders whose offer, as compared to the low-eligible one is a few million ringgit.
Not only the police should investigate but its another assignment for the MACC. If this Khusairi and his team are getting kickbacks from such deals, then the authority must come down hard on them.
One of the cases involves a company by the name of Puncak Semangat, the highest bidder for one SSM contract. A check found out that the company belongs to Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary stable. My question, did SSM choose Puncak Semangat for its boss or for the 'reward'? And was Khusairi involve in negotiating its project award?
If Syed Mokhtar is a label to most of our projects, then what will happen to our new and upcoming entrepreneurs? Dont tell me that our government-linked agencies are compelled to award any projects, including the ones that cost RM2 milion and RM3 million to an established name? Where is the government's initiative to nurture more millionaires among Malaysians, especially the Malays if they are not given an opportunity to proof their efficiency and capability?
Ok, Syed Mokhtar aside (frankly, I have high respect for this guy), SSM should also investigate the discrepancy clouding another related name - Riadz. My contacts believe Khusairi and Riadz are buddies and are well-connected with Puncak Semangat.
Well, the MACC got another case here, I presume.