Wee Slams “Politically Motivated” Police Reports on BN-Era VEP Contract

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The Barisan Nasional candidate, Wee Jeck Seng, said police reports lodged against him are politically motivated to coincide with the Tg Piai by-election.

At least one report was lodged yesterday in the Pontian police district – which falls under the Tanjung Piai parliamentary constituency.

The report sighted by Malaysiakini was filed by a person who heads the Parit Haji Ismail polling district in Tanjung Piai. No party was stated, but it is believed the report was lodged by Bersatu.

The police report refers to a PAC investigation on the vehicle entry permit (VEP) system between Malaysia and Singapore, and calls on the police and the MACC to investigate Wee’s links to the project.

The PAC commenced its investigation into the VEP in January this year, after the auditor-general’s report stated the contract was granted to an allegedly inexperienced company via direct tender.

The contract was awarded in 2015 by then transport minister and MCA president Liow Tiong Lai to a company named TCsens, in which Wee was a major shareholder at that time.

According to the 2017 national audit report, the project involved two contracts, namely a capital expenditure contract (Capex) and operational expenditure contract (Opex) worth RM45.15 million and RM104.3 million, respectively.

The company had allegedly subcontracted Opex to a third party, despite not being allowed to do so.

Wee said many of the allegations spread against him are incorrect and already answered in the 2017 auditor-general’s report.

“Please bear in mind that these allegations made against me on this VEP project are not new and the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee has already held three hearings since March of this year.

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“For example, the claim that the winning company only had RM35 in the bank account is wrong as the AG report said the company had proven it had more than RM3 million of funding, which surpasses the minimum required amount.

“The claims that the operating expenses have been hugely inflated are also wrong as this was due to a significant increase in scope, including a more than doubling of capacity in several requirements,” Wee said in a statement.

These were all in the audit report, adding that he is now no longer a shareholder of the company.

“I have never been involved in any abuse of power or the misappropriation of public funds and I am confident that the PAC and the police will eventually clear my name,” he said.