PETALING JAYA - Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan has fired a salvo of questions at the Penang state government over the undersea tunnel project.
In a Facebook post, he said that in his original query, he did not ask if the entire RM6.34bil project was awarded based on open tender.
“I specifically asked if the three studies costing RM305mil were awarded based on an open tender,” said Abdul Rahman, who is Barisan Nasional strategic communications director.
In the Bursa Malaysia announcement on Astral Supreme Bhd dated 15 Aug, 2013, it was stated that the feasibility study and detailed design costing RM270mil was awarded by Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd (CZBUCG) to a joint venture between its majority shareholder Zenith Construction and public-listed Astral Supreme Bhd.
Astral Supreme’s services were terminated one year later, and it was stated that Astral was “unable to find consultants who could undertake the project”.
“The Penang government also does not seem to have addressed my concern that the company awarded to construct the project was also responsible for doing the studies to determine whether its own project was feasible or environmentally acceptable. Is this the case and is