by Sebanaku Sarawak
KUCHING: A full federal minister from Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) was wondering why the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak didnt keep his words.
After Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak told him in mid 2009 that there would not be direct negotiation for any project, he never thought that his boss could easily forget what he had told him.
He got to know that the Sibu Malay conman had been awarded projects totaling RM400 million from the federal government via direct negotiation after the Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong made queried with him about one or two weeks after the Sibu parliament by-election.
Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong wanted to get a confirmation from him on rumours that the Sibu Malay conman got the projects via direct negotiation.
He was wondering what had gone wrong with Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.
May be the Sibu Malay conman was at his old tricks again, he told himself.
Later when he bumped into Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, he took the opportunity to get his boss’ clarification on what Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong had told him.
To his surprise, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak admitted that the Sibu Malay conman had been awarded the projects via direct negotiation – and not via a normal tender process.
Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak said he had to do because he afraid that if he didn’t do it, Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud would be facing a group of rebellious elected representatives from the State Barisan Nasional (BN).
Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak said he was told by the Sibu Malay conman last year that there are many BN Sarawak elected representatives facing financial difficulties and Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud was not interested to help these elected representatives to solve their problems.
Therefore, he told the federal minister that he (Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak) was actually doing a favour for Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud when he (Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak) had given the projects to the Sibu Malay conman who represented the elected representatives.
This revelation was a bigger surprise for the federal minister because he knew that it was a big lie.
As a person who held a senior post in PBB, he would know about it if it was true.
He, however, didn’t tell Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak about this because he knew that Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak would not believe him.
He just nodded his head as to show to Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak that he understood the reason.
Before Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak ended the conversation, he told the federal minister that the Sibu Malay conman had told him that he (the Sibu Malay conman) had received the blessing from Tan Sri Adenan Satem to ask for projects via direct negotiation for the elected representatives.
After the conversation, the federal minister made a number of queries as to check on the validity of the claims made by the Sibu Malay conman.
As he had thought earlier, the Sibu Malay conman was lying when he told Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak that a group of BN Sarawak elected representatives was facing financial difficulties and Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud was not interested to help these elected representatives to solve their problems.
The federal minister also managed to get a confirmation that the Sibu Malay conman was lying when he said Tan Sri Adenan Satem gave him the blessing to ask for projects via direct negotiation for the elected representatives.
However, the federal minister was actually not aware of several details concerning one of the projects – i.e. the Rural Electrification Scheme worth RM150 million - which the Sibu Malay conman had managed to get his hands on it for his company Shorefield Sdn Bhd.
To support his efforts to get the project, he had produced a supporting letter from the Minister of Housing and Urban Development Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Haji Openg.
In addition to this, he had also given supporting letters from the Sibu Malay contractors who said they would be getting the sub-contracting works from the Sibu Malay conman if the RES project is to be awarded to him.
However, despite of the fact that the Sibu Malay conman had received the letter of award in January this year, not a single one of these contractors - among others were PBB Pelawan Youth Chief Mohd Junaidi Sambang and Mat Nor Daim (Class B company); PBB Bukit Asek Youth Chief Abdul Ajis Abdullah, PBB Dudong Youth Chief and several others (Class F company) – was given the sub-contracting works.
The Sibu Malay conman is now trying to get another roads and bridges project worth RM900 million in Sarawak.
Apparently, the RM250 million road project, which was awarded earlier to him, was insufficient to satisfy his greed.
Both the RES and road projects – both in Sarawak – are already worth RM400 million but he still want more.
However, it is yet to be known about his strategy in trying to con his own good friend Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak to get the RM900 worth project.
Nevertheless, one thing for sure is he would do name dropping to convince Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak.
The only person who dares to do that is none other than …..
* The BN Government are suspicious of the legendary Sibu conman’s sincerity in 'helping' the Sibu Malays