Malaysia: Malaysia lawmakers debate hot issue of ‘direct negotiations’, previously a byword for graft

A leader of a small Malaysian political party made a report to the anti-graft agency on Tuesday (Aug 25) against the previous Pakatan Harapan (PH) government for awarding RM6.61 billion (S$2.2 billion) worth of projects through “direct negotiations”, which caused a ruckus in Parliament on Monday.

Parti Cinta Malaysia vice-president R. Muralitharan urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate former finance minister Lim Guan Eng, who had awarded projects during his tenure.

The term “direct negotiations” in Malaysia usually involves a government ministry or department awarding a project directly to a pre-selected contractor or supplier, instead of calling for an open tender.

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