I am impressed with MCMC announcement today that another 1,000 communication towers will be erected nationwide this year. At least its chairman Tan Sri Khalid Ramli is honest about it (here).
However, the only issue here is which and what type of companies will be awarded such a luxury project? Is it going to be the same 'group of few' and 'close MCMC allies' or to other NSP license holders whose duty is only to pay their high annual fee without being given a chance to build even a single tower?
Numerous complaints were made against the irregularities in which such projects were issued out to MCMC's small number of registered contractors.
I know a few Bumiputera contractors still owing the Commission a few hundred thousands ringgit in NSP license fee, which they got more than five years ago. However, as most projects were awarded to the same companies, the rest are being neglected and only made to pay the fee annually.
NSP license is not cheap. If it costs you RM100,000 a year, you may end up owing MCMC RM500,000 after 5 years although your company fails to get any of the contracts. Its a big sum, you know, especially for the few Bumiputera contractors.
However, I am most impressed that Khalid's speech was read by MCMC Chief Strategy Officer, Datuk Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi. What a guy he is! Isn't he the man being 'too close for comfort' with Rais Yatim's special officer DATUK Nazri Abdullah who is still under MACC investigation over the alleged 1Malaysia notebook scam?
Wow! Am I glad that Sharil is back at MCMC again! But who should I congratulate for having such a 'powerful' keyman? Info Minister Rais Yatim or sec-gen Datuk Seri Kamaruddin Siaraf... or Khalid himself?
By the way, it was a good announcement. Let us hope this 1,000 towers would not end up like the 1Malaysia notebook!