MARCH 19 — Najib Razak has no shame. He goes before former senior civil servants and proclaims that Putrajaya will give contracts to only qualified Malays.
That is an untrue statement. He obviously has chosen to forget about the RM2.2 billion Kinrara Damansara Exchange (Kidex) highway deal which was given to a qualified builder aka former Chief Justice Zaki Azmi and Umno lawyer Hafarizam Harun.
The PM chairs the Economic Council and he would have been instrumental in giving this sweet deal to two individuals who do not by any measure qualify as builders.
He can deny it as much as he wants but the highway contract follows a pattern of award which has become synonymous with Najib’s government.
The West Coast Highway on paper went to IJM and other respected builders but it is an open secret that the main beneficiary is the same man who was given a licence to operate a television station!
Defence deals are given to cronies, the double tracking is given to royalty or nominees of royalty or those who carve out deals with connected individuals in Putrajaya.
Don’t for a minute believe that the NFC is a rare case. Mahathir’s cronyism and nepotism is back in vogue and in a way this is how Najib keeps the Umno warlords in his corner.
Even when listed companies get a chunk of government mega projects, it is because they have worked out side deals with those close to power.
So Najib can shout all he wants and can even swear but the reality is that the politically connected and cronies are getting fat like never before.
Today’s civil servants know this and it is their duty to this country to blow the whistle on Najib’s double talk.
* Sam Peh reads The Malaysian Insider.