Stop cronyism, revoke AES!

ImageBeta Tegap Sdn Bhd, one of the 2 private companies that has been awarded an Automated Enforcement System (AES) contract by the Ministry of Transport, had earlier thanked MCA president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek for his statement that denied the company has any link with the MCA.

However, MCA has failed to clear the doubt raised by YB William Leong (Selayang MP) on why the second largest shareholder of Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, Dr. Andreas Teoh, was also given a huge contract in 2005 by the Ministry of Health through another company of his, Mediharta Sdn Bhd? Coincidentally, both Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health are helmed by MCA ministers. Is there any secret relationship between MCA and Andreas Teoh that has secured him these sweetheart deals? MCA has a case to answer.

While the mist of the company’s MCA link is not cleared, another shocking fact was found after a thorough search. The largest shareholder of Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, To’ Puan Rozana Binti Haji Redzuan, has very substantial connection with the Johor UMNO.

To’ Puan Rozana Binti Haji Redzuan is the eldest daughter of the late Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Redzuan Bin Haji Salim and Puan Sri Datin Hajjah Atkah Abdullah. Both Tan Sri Dato’ Redzuan and Puan Sri Datin Atkah are renowned UMNO political figures in Johor.

Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Redzuan was Parit Sulong UMNO division chief and state assemblyman for Peserai. Puan Sri Datin Hajjah Atkah was 2 term state assemblywoman for Sri Medan, deputy Wanita chief of Johor UMNO and exco Wanita Pusat UMNO. Besides active involvement of her parents in UMNO, Rozana is also the cousin of current UMNO state assemblyman of Machap, YB Dato Hj Abd Hamid bin Hj Abd Rahman.

With the extraordinary connection between the largest shareholder of Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd and UMNO, another instance of sheer cronyism is evident! If this is not cronyism, what on earth does the government deem a dormant company without expertise in related field is worth rewarding a lucrative AES contract?

Therefore, I challenge the Minister of Transportation, Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha to deny these political linkages of Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd. Failing which, he should resign immediately, in order to uphold the decency of the ministry. I would also like to urge the government to immediately revoke the AES that enrich BN’s cronies at the expense of the Rakyat.   

YB CHANG LIH KANG 
Perak State Assemblyman (Teja) 
KeADILan Central Committee Member

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