Letter was for negotiations, not project approval – Zafrul tells Rafizi

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The letter dated Oct 27 revealed by PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli yesterday was not an agreement to award a contract to a company but was a letter to approve negotiations involving the Environment and Water Ministry.

Outgoing finance minister Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said after getting the general approval to negotiate, the ministry would still need to discuss with the company and send its recommendations with regard to the next steps to the Finance Ministry.

“The Environment and Water Ministry will need to discuss the requirements and conduct an assessment as it involves financial and technical capacities, among others, so it would take at least two to three months.


“I believe that this is a politicised issue as the matter is clear, there was no letter of acceptance and letter of intent (exchanged), there was only a letter to approve negotiations between the parties,” he told reporters last night.

As such, he advised Rafizi, who is also the Pakatan Harapan candidate for the Pandan parliamentary constituency to report any wrongdoing in the government to the authorities instead of making such disclosures.

“Go to the police, the MACC, and the authorities,” he said.

He added that it is better for leaders to announce what they want to do for development for the good of the people, as the people are weary of politics and politicians.

Yesterday, Rafizi revealed a letter related to a project to upgrade a plant for a drainage catchment area worth RM285 million in South Klang, dated Oct 27, claiming that the project was approved 17 days after Parliament was dissolved on Oct 10.