PKR director of strategy Rafizi Ramli today said that the Election Commission (EC) had breached procurement guidelines when it engaged in direct negotiations for the contract of caps.

More seriously, Rafizi said, all three cap contracts were given to three separate companies that are linked back to the same person.

“The contract of caps did not fulfil any of the procurement guidelines that allow an exemption for open tender,” he told a press conference at the PKR headquarters this morning.

According to a Treasury circular, among the criteria that permits direct negotiations are, urgent need, need for uniformity, only one source of supply, involving security.

Even for a fifth criteria for engaging bumiputera companies, a special tender must be done, said Rafizi.

“The reason of urgency cannot apply. Caps can be stocked in inventory much earlier and periodically even if the general election date is not known.

“Using that reason would be just an excuse for direct negotiation,” said the Pandan MP.
He estimated the contracts to be worth around RM6 million based on the assumption that each cap is worth RM20 and were provided to 280,000 EC workers and personnel.

‘Same person’

Elaborating on the matter, Rafizi said all three EC cap suppliers named by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim in Parliament were in fact linked to Mohamed Salleh Mohamed Alli, the same individual Rafizi fingered as the defective indelible ink supplier.

The three companies named by Shahidan were Nash Ventures Sdn Bhd, Ayumi Resources Sdn Bhd and Bumi Textiles Sdn Bhd (now known as Bumi Services Sdn Bhd).

Rafizi said Mohamed Salleh and his accounting clerk Norsiah Yusoff are directors and shareholders in Bumi Services, while the latter is also a director in Ayumi Resources.

Furthermore, Rafizi said Shamsia Mansoor is a director of Nash Ventures.

Rafizi explained that Shamsia has the same home address with Mohamed Salleh and are both permanent residents from Singapore with the code ‘66' in their identity cards, leading him to believe that they are husband and wife.

“The EC’s decision to grant all three cap contracts to three companies that on the surface look different but are actually controlled by the same person gives the picture that they have something to hide.

“The question arises on why the EC is not transparent by awarding the contact directly to one company if it intends to give it to the same person,” he said.

He reiterated his claim that Mohamed Salleh had close links to the EC top leadership and therefore had received the contracts.

The EC top leadership has denied this claim, but did not elaborate on the contracts.

Malaysiakini has repeatedly attempted to contact Mohamad Salleh and Norsiah, including visiting the office of one of their company - Integrated Challenger (M) Sdn Bhd, said to be EC’s indelible ink supplier - but has yet to receive a response.