KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — The son of late former deputy prime minister Tun Ghafar Baba rejected today Zuraida Kamaruddin’s attempt to link him to the controversy over projects awarded without tender at her Local Government and Housing Ministry (KPKT).
Datuk Tamrin Abdul Ghafar said he did not understand why she sought to implicate him in the matter yesterday, adding that he has referred the matter to his lawyers.
He went on to criticise her attempts to absolve herself over the projects awarded during her time at the ministry under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration, over which she previously claimed ignorance.
Zuraida was the local government and housing minister then and now.
“It is quite impossible that the minister absolutely did not know about the matter when the Finance Ministry only acts on the KPKT’s recommendations.
“As a minister, she should not have linked and blamed others for her own failure,” he said in a statement today.
Don’t blame others for your own failure, Tamrin tells Zuraida
FMT Reporters -August 29, 2020 12:29 PM
PETALING JAYA: Tamrin Ghafar has hit back at Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin after she linked the former MP to one of the projects under her ministry alleged to have been directly approved by former finance minister Lim Guan Eng.
Zuraida had said that Tamrin, as an adviser to Bumi Segar Indah, had met and directly negotiated the solid waste transfer station project with Lim on Nov 26, 2018.
She claimed that Tamrin, the son of former deputy prime minister Ghafar Baba, was a strong Pakatan Harapan (PH) supporter.
She also claimed that Lim agreed to reduce the project cost by 10% and advised the company to approach the housing and local government ministry to formally make a proposal.
“After that, the project was approved by the finance ministry under Lim through a letter dated Feb 20 to the secretary-general of the housing and local government ministry,” she said.
Tamrin questioned Zuraida’s intention in linking him to the matter and told the minister not to involve or blame other people for her own failure.
“It is impossible for a minister not to know about the matter at all when the finance ministry only acts according to the recommendations of the housing and local government ministry.
“I will leave it to my lawyers to decide on the next course of action,” he said in a statement today.