This time around, The Edge tries to run a wedge between BN two main component parties, Umno and MCA. And to add credence, former Cabinet Minister Zaid Ibrahim who is struggling for the upkeep of his political popularity, threw his support for the unfounded reports.
First, The Edge said Umno will take over the Transport Ministry portfolio under the new Cabinet (should BN wins next general elections). Why? Because Umno leading businessmen have been pressuring PM and Umno President Najib to consider the 'bulk of money' involved for projects under the ministry.
It also said MCA will have to relinquish that portfolio due to calls by Umno-linked companies like Gamuda and tycoons like Syed Mokhtar al-Bukhary and others who want Najib to secure such contracts for them.
"The amount of money being poured into rail infrastructure, coupled with high-profile scandal-hit projects like Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ), has sparked a realignment of national politics with the Transport Ministry, which has traditionally been helmed by MCA, potentially leading to the loss of the rail and road sectors.
“There is a lot of national pride attached to the rail sector now and Umno believes it must take the lead,” The Edge said, quoting an unidentified industry source whom I believe never existed or someone from the Opposition bench.
And tomorrow at the Parliament, I will personally see Minister in the PM's Department Nazri Aziz whom according to the paper was being considered to oversee the rail and road sectors, thus leaving the Transport Ministry with ports and airports.
As far as the record shows, most projects under the Transport Ministry were awarded to Umno-linked companies, and a few went to MCA, MIC and other bidders, including the Opposition. I think The Edge didn't do much homework before coming out with the 'dirty analysis'.
Gamuda, UEM, Scomi and MMC for examples. Do these companies belong to MCA or MIC?
Another issue brought up by The Edge is linking Najib's close aide Omar Mustapha and former MCA deputy president Chan Kong Choy of benefiting from an automated traffic summons deal worth a few hundreds million ringgit.
And Zaid, who is trying to get back Kota Bharu parliamentary seat under the party he 'formed and left' KITA, was fast to rally behind the reports. When MCA President Chua Soi Lek denied any involvement of MCA-linked companies with it, Zaid said on his Twitter: "So traffic summons firm not MCA linked? Must be Umno then. Who else can suck blood from the rakyat (people) like they do".
I don't care much about Zaid. Just let KB voters choose between him and possibly Fatmi Salleh and PAS' Takiyuddin.My concern is about the integrity of the reports.
Penang CM Lim Guan Eng, who questioned why Najib granted the 'exorbitant' 17 per cent return to two companies awarded with the project, has forgotten that ATES and Beta had to fork out an initial capital of millions of ringgit to supply, install and maintain the cameras and other supporting equipments.
Lim & Gang should have done some calculations first before shooting blindly at the government. Furthermore, his allegation that there wasn't any open tender for it was wrong as the two companies were chosen from a 'selective tender' system some years ago when not many businessmen showed much interest in such a project.
At least Lim could have conducted a simple costings by asking the security company managing Komtar as to how much is their overhead per month in providing surveillance for the building, especially the Chief Minister's Office. Only then will he know how expensive it is to maintain the system.
However, I don't blame The Edge.
Just like any other anti-BN (obviously they are not anti-government) machinery, The Edge is under the management of Anwar's sympathiser. Who is this Tong, if u may know - a former boss at Phileo, now Anwar's big supporter. And PKR headquarters is not far from there.
So, that explains everything...
As far as the reports are concerned, MCA and Umno are not affected.