Sarawak CM denies giving RM1b job to Taib-linked firm

BY SULOK TAWIE
Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg said the state government has not decided on which company will undertake the construction of the IT and communications infrastructure. — Picture by Sulok Tawie

KUCHING, April 6 — Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg today denied an opposition leader’s claim that his government awarded a RM1 billion infrastructure contract to Sacofa Sdn Bhd.

He said the state government has not decided on which company will undertake the construction of the IT and communications infrastructure including the telecommunication towers.

“I do not know where Chong (Chieng Jen) got that information when we have not even decided on the details of (the) contract,” he told reporters after launching Sarawak Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Lab at Sekolah Rendah Rakyat at Jalan Haji Bolhassan here.

At the closing of an International ICT Infrastructures and Digital Economy Conference two days ago, Abang Johari said the state government invest in ICT infrastructure in its push towards a digital economy,

This included building 3,800 transmission towers to complement the existing 1,200.

Chong, who is also the state DAP chairman, then alleged that the construction of the telecommunications towers and related infrastructure would benefit Sacofa, a subsidiary of Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad that is linked to the family of Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The Kota Sentosa representative questioned why Sacofa was selected for the RM1 billion contract that he claimed was excessive.

He said while the Sarawak DAP supported the state government in the development of ICT infrastructure, it objected to giving one private company all the commercial rights.