Deputy Education Minister Datuk P Kamalanathan yesterday lodged a report with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) against a Facebook page which he said had defamed him.
- Alleged to have abused his position to benefit from RM100m special stimulus package for Tamil schools
- Consultant was appointed before he was deputy education minister
- No blood ties with owner of company awarded contract
Accompanied by two of his officers, Kamalanathan arrived at the MCMC building at about 4.20pm and submitted the report to MCMC Network Security and Enforcement Sector chief Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin.
The Facebook page, TMM 2.0 Extra, had alleged that Kamalanathan had abused his position to benefit from the government’s RM100 million special stimulus package for Tamil schools nationwide.
He described those making and spreading the allegations relating to the construction of 39 National Type Tamil Schools and the Special Stimulus Package 2012 as irresponsible
“There is no truth in this allegation. This is an attempt to tarnish my name and the ministry and I hope MCMC will take legal action immediately.
“These irresponsible people have stooped very low to defame me without knowing the facts. I’m truly disgusted by this,” he told reporters.
The Facebook page claimed that Kamalanathan had awarded a contract for the projects to a company belonging to a relative on his mother’s side which then was appointed as a consultant and had been paid RM20 million.
Kamalanathan said the project, which was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during Budget 2013, was to build and upgrade 39 Tamil primary schools nationwide.
“The Finance Ministry was in charge of the appointment of project management consultant. Under the advice of Malaysian Indian Contractors Association, the ministry had appointed ECL Management Sdn Bhd.
“At that time, I wasn’t even the deputy education minister yet. I was appointed on May 16, 2013. The appointment of the consultant was done in Feb, 2013,” he added.
Kamalanathan also stressed that he had no blood ties with the said individual and would lodge a police report on the matter.
On the 39 Tamil schools, he said 10 had been completed and were fully operational, 14 have been completed and are awaiting approval from the local council, 13 more are being built and another two were still in the planning process.