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    Indelible ink: Rafizi names supplier, linked to top EC officials

    Last Saturday, 13th Jul 2013, I commented that the label on the ink bottle looked like it came from Balakong. I was wrong. Maybe it's from Kg Baru since a Kg Baru businessman was involved.

    Direct nego: UMNO MP - What's wrong? Others are doing it.


    Rafizi names indelible ink supplier, linked to top EC officials



    BY JENNIFER GOMEZ AND YISWAREE PALANSAMY
    JULY 16, 2013

    The indelible ink contract was given to a Mohamed Salleh Mohd Ali who is closely linked to country’s leadership and the Election Commission’s (EC) top officials, Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli told Parliament today.


    He said Mohamed Salleh was a “pro” at conducting direct negotiations with the government. He had even secured contracts from the defence ministry.


    Rafizi said Integrated Challenger Malaysia Sdn Bhd, one Mohamed Salleh’s companies, not only secured the contract to supply ink but also t-shirts and caps.





    “He is pro, a pro at directly negotiating government contracts, he had contracts from the defence ministry and even contracts on general trading through three of his companies,” Rafizi said. He then provided Mohd Salleh’s identity card number – 671112665021.


    “Now, we want the minister to explain what the government plans to do to reduce the number of direct negotiations, which is an embarrassment and a waste of taxpayers’ money,” he said.


    “And what action will be taken against businessmen like Mohamed Salleh. Also what is the status of investigations by MACC into the purchase of indelible ink by the EC?” he asked.

    Rafizi also said that deals done through direct negotiations, as opposed to open contracts, was one of the causes for the increase in costs because as they were not dependent on market price.


    BN Kepala Batas MP Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican told Rafizi direct dealing was a not crime.


    “What is the crime over that? It is not a current practice but one that was being done from when Permatang Pauh (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) was the Finance Minister.”


    To this, Rafizi replied that such a practice is wrong, especially when there are many other manufacturers who can offer much better service at competitive prices. “Unless the item can only be made by a specific manufacturer owing to its nature," he added.


    Rafizi’s disclosure was the culmination to an ultimatum he had issued to the EC three weeks ago. Rafizi had asked the Election Commission to reveal the name of the ink supplier or he would do it in Parliament.


    He had said his investigations revealed that the contract for the ink supply was given to a company owned by a Singaporean who had no expertise on the matter.


    He also disclosed that the company did not have the capital for the job and had met a Kampung Baru businessman to acquire a RM7 million loan.


    He further demanded the resignation of the entire EC as the public had lost confidence in it. - July 16, 2013.
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    Sounds like panicky talk.

    EC head slams Rafizi, denies links to ink supplier



    BY HASBULLAH AWANG CHIK
    JULY 16, 2013

    The Election Commission (EC) chairman has denied having any ties with the man said to have been awarded the contract to supply the controversial indelible ink for May’s general election.


    Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof refuted the allegations made by Rafizi Ramli, the MP for Pandan, and said that he has no knowledge of a Mohamed Salleh Mohd Ali. Rafizi had told Parliament today that Mohamed Salleh was the ink supplier with links to the EC.


    According to Abdul Aziz, the party involved in purchasing the ink was EC secretary Datuk Kamarudin Baria.





    “He (Baria) should know the details while my deputy and myself are not aware of this,” said Abdul Aziz.


    “To my knowledge, the deal to purchase the ink went smoothly and the Ministry of Finance approved it.


    “It is best to refer this issue to Datuk Kamarudin since we do not meddle in the secretariat’s affairs.


    “Why is he (Rafizi) making such slander? Why make accusations during the fasting month? Is he not afraid of sinning? Why accuse me and Datuk Wan Ahmad (Wan Omar)?” Abdul Aziz said when contacted by The Malaysian Insider.


    During this afternoon’s Parliament session, Rafizi said the supplier is “close friends” with the top leaders of the EC and the contract was awarded directly to Mohamed Salleh.


    The details provided by Rafizi included Mohamed’s Singapore identification card number – 671112665021. - July 16, 2013.
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    So easy? Get caught, just stop dealing with the supplier only? No action on the culprit making the order?

    No more ink deals with supplier, says Shahidan



    BY JENNIFER GOMEZ
    JULY 17, 2013
    UPDATED: JULY 17, 2013 02:18 PM

    The company which supplied indelible ink to the Election Commission (EC) for May’s general election will not be contracted to do so any more, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim told Parliament today.


    Shahidan said when the company’s name became public knowledge it meant it was no longer viable to deal with the ink supplier.


    However, he did not confirm that he was referring to the company that was named by Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli yesterday.





    Rafizi had said the ink contract was given to Integrated Challenger Malaysia Sdn Bhd and that it was run by a Mohamed Salleh Mohd Ali. He claimed too that Mohamed Salleh is closely linked with the EC’s top officials and some government leaders.


    Shahidan said the purchase of the ink was done according to procedures laid out by the Finance Ministry.
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    Tuesday, 16 July 2013 18:04RAFIZI DROPS BOMBSHELL: Supplier of indelible ink linked to top EC & govt officials



    The supplier of the indelible ink used in the recent general election (GE13) was revealed in the Dewan Rakyat today, after the government refused to disclose the company for security reasons.


    The supplier, Integrated Challenger Malaysia Sdn Bhd, was allegedly awarded the RM6.9 million contract to supply the indelible ink through direct negotiation.


    Pandan MP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Strategic Director Rafizi Ramli said the opposition is compelled to disclose the identity of the supplier since the government and the Election Commission (EC) had refused to do so.


    "The deal was done through direct negotiations and as years go by, there are more and more contracts awarded though direct negotiations like construction, defence, security and other supplies.


    "The best examples are the things listed under the approved expenses for the general election including t-shirts, caps and the indelible ink.


    "It is not just very expensive but also pointless," he told the Dewan Rakyat.


    High costs of corruption


    Rafizi said sealing a deal through direct negotiation is one of the main reasons why the country's budget is continuously increasing from the approved allocation.


    "We know when there is no open tender, the cost would be higher and would not be based on market value. The quality of service or products may not be satisfactory and would create losses for consumers," he said in his debate on the Supplementary Supply Bill 2012.


    Integrated Challenger's owner, Mohamed Salleh Mohamed Alli also controls two other companies, which were involved in direct negotiations using his staffs' names.


    "According to internal information from the EC itself, the contracts to supply t-shirts, caps and ink were given through direct negotiation from the companies that are controlled by one person.


    "There are three companies, controlled by the same person, one of it is Integrated Challenger and there are two more, that came in using the names of his staff," he said.


    Rafizi also added that there are also other companies controlled by the same person that has been involved in other government contracts including the Defence Ministry.


    "He is an expert in direct negotiation; he gets the ink, defence and also other government contracts as well, because he is close to government leaders, including the EC chairman and deputy chairman," he said.


    RM7.1million


    It was reported that Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim of the Prime Minister's Department had in a written reply, told the Dewan Rakyat that RM6.9 million had been spent on the ink, with an additional RM200,000 spent on transportation, packaging and storage, bringing the total expenditure to RM7.1 million.


    Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian) said in his winding up speech that the government will take actions to reduce direct negotiations.


    "For GE13, there were some items that had to be purchased from the locals in all the constituencies. It is supplied by local contractors and is categorised as expedient needs and additional needs," he said.


    Ahmad Maslan said other matters raised by Rafizi will be answered by Shahidan.




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    Wednesday, 17 July 2013 19:08

    Shahidan has "indirectly" confirmed my indelible ink expose' - Rafizi



    Written by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle



    VIDEO INSERTED KUALA LUMPUR - MP for Pandan Rafizi Ramli was in a jubilant mood on Wednesday. His latest expose seems to have hit bulls-eye again. Shahidan Kassim, the minister in the Prime Minister's Office, "indirectly" confirmed his accusation made a day ago that the supplier of the controversial 'indelible' ink used in Malaysia's recent general election had links to top officials in the Election Commission and may have improperly obtained the contracts through direct tenders.


    "He (Shahidan) confirmed it indirectly. The minister mentioned the names of several companies which received contracts, he did not name the company that obtained the contract for the indelible ink but the firm that received the hat and T-shirt contracts," Rafizi, who is also the PKR strategy director, told a press conference at the Parliament lobby.


    "The information is the same as the information I have. The firm that got the hat or the T-shirt is Nash Ventures Sdn Bhd and this firm although not officially linked to Mohamed Salleh Mohamed Ali has the same registered office address and his wife is the director in this company. So this is what I mean there are 3 companies that have direct negotiations with the Election Commission - one on indelible ink, one on T-shirt and one on hats.


    "I did not name these earlier because we know the minister will not confirm the actual company (which supplied the indelible ink) but he will give the names of the other companies. So the fact that Nash Ventures has been confirmed as one of the companies confirms what our sources revealed to us that there were 3 companies controlled by Mohamad Salleh. Going by the minister's answer, I don't see them revealing any information anytime soon on (the indelible ink supplier) on the grounds that it is for security.


    "So it is up to the EC to recapture whatever credibility it has, just give the full breakdown and tell us the full details. I had revealed the name of the company that we believe supplied the indelible ink which is Integrated Challenger Sdn Bhd because we know they won't reveal the identity of the ink supplier but will just give the names of the companies for the T-shirt and hat."




    Direct tenders, refusal to give details


    Malaysia's controversial Election Commission has been accused, with all 7 members of its top panel slapped with a lawsuit by the Opposition, of defrauding voters by using 'indelible' ink that could be washed off within hours. By failing to use indelible ink containing sufficiently high amount of silver nitrate, the EC had exposed the May 5 ballot to multiple voting and electoral fraud, Rafizi and the Pakatan Rakyat coalition had claimed.


    On Tuesday, Rafizi had exposed the identity of the ink supplier, alleging the firm - controlled by Mohamed Salleh - had links to the top government and EC officials. The supplier, Integrated Challenger Malaysia Sdn Bhd, was allegedly awarded the RM6.9 million contract to supply the indelible ink through direct negotiati


    "According to internal information from the EC itself, the contracts to supply t-shirts, caps and ink were given through direct negotiation from the companies that are controlled by one person. There are three companies, controlled by the same person, one of it is Integrated Challenger and there are two more, that came in using the names of his staff," Rafizi had said.


    Rafizi had also revealed there were also other companies controlled by the same person that were involved in other government contracts including the Defence Ministry.


    "He (Mohamed Salleh) is an expert in direct negotiation; he gets the ink, defence and also other government contracts as well, because he is close to government leaders, including the EC chairman and deputy chairman," said Rafizi.


    Scapegoat and was the ink "doomed" to fail


    When told by a reporter that the Election Commission had reportedly disclaimed responsibility, saying that the ink contract was negotiated by the EC secretary, Rafizi's response was: "We will wait for the EC secretariat (to make a response) then. Someone will be the scapegoat."


    His colleague, Nurul Izzah the MP for Lembah Pantai, had told Malaysia Chronicle that Rafizi's latest expose' only "proved" Pakatan's lawsuit against the EC panel.


    "Today we also heard that the person Mohamed Salleh is indeed the supplier (of the indelible ink used in the May 5 general election) and just by virtue of the refusal of the Speaker Shahidan Kassim to deny or say otherwise brings home exactly why we must pursue the case, why we must pursue convictions because we cannot allow them to get away with what they have done.


    "If we have a supplier given (the deal to supply indelible ink) by direct tender, we must ascertain what was paid using taxpayers' money, was it based according to specifications, was it doomed to fail due to the conspiracy that exist between the EC, the supplier and the people colluding with them. I think the recent expose's bit by bit have really proven our case and I do hope the courts will be empowered to do the right thing.


    If found liable, the EC panel would be discharged in disgrace and a new general election called. All 7 EC members would also have to bear damages if awarded by the court, plus legal costs as well the costs of holding a new general election.


    The 7 members are chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof, deputy chairman Wan Ahmad Wan Omar, Mohamad Ramji Ali, P Manogran, Christopher Wan Soo Kee, Md Yusop Mansor and Abdul Aziz Khalidin.


    Shahidan had in a previous written reply told the Dewan Rakyat (Lower House) that RM6.9 million had been spent on the ink, with an additional RM200,000 spent on transportation, packaging and storage, bringing the total expenditure to RM7.1 million.


    Malaysia Chronicle






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    Rafizi calls EC duo's dare a ploy to avoid questions


    1:45PM Jul 25, 2013

    PKR MP Rafizi Ramli has accused the top Election Commission (EC) duo of issuing dares as a means to avoid having to answer questions raised on the use of indelible ink in the May 5 general election.

    The fact that the EC head and his deputy were willing to issue challenges instead of trying to clear the EC’s name by addressing the questions raised “reflects that there are non-transparent elements that (they) wish to hide”.

    He was referring to the challenge commission chairperson Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof and his deputy Wan Ahmad Wan Omar issued to Rafizi yesterday to repeat outside Parliament his allegation linking them to the supplier of the indelible ink if he was “man enough”, so that they could take legal action against him.

    “However, the two are now hiding behind the challenge because they do not dare to answer the five questions currently lingering in the minds of the rakyat,” Rafizi said in a statement today.

    The five questions are:


    • Why were the companies belonging to Mohamed Salleh Mohd Alli, the man Rafizi named in the Dewan Rakyat as one of the directors with links to the EC, selected to supply election materials, including the ink, to the EC through direct negotiations?


    • What is the involvement of the EC chairperson and his deputy in obtaining the items, especially the ink?


    • Did the two really fully let go of the whole business of the supplier when that is the most important aspect in implementing the use of indelible ink, which was much touted by the EC?


    • Were they truly not involved in any discussion pertaining to the ink, including its demonstration, chemical content, implementation, etc?


    • When addressing media questions on the ink, did the two not discuss the matter with the other EC officers?


    ‘So sue me if I’m wrong’


    “As the most senior leaders of the EC, they are both fully responsible for all these - from the failure of the indelible ink to the appointment of its supplier through direct negotiations that clinched all the supply contracts but failed to execute them well,” Rafizi said.

    He also questioned why Abdul Aziz (left) and Wan Ahmad were bent on protecting and hiding the identity of the ink supplier when the supplier had affected the EC’s credibility in the eyes of the people.

    As to their dare, the Pandan MP said since he has already repeated his allegations outside the Dewan Rakyat, the two could take legal action against him if his allegations are wrong.

    “My statement outside of the Dewan is enough for them to take legal action.

    “The question of following the wishes of those who are trying to avoid the real questions by bringing up this ‘who is more a man’ dare that they are playing does not arise,” his statement reads.

    Rafizi had, on July 18, repeated outside the Dewan Rakyat his allegation that the supplier of the indelible ink won the contract due toclose ties with “government leaders including the chairperson and deputy chairperson of the EC”.

    The EC top brass has since denied the allegation while Malaysiakinihas been trying to contact the company, Integrated Challenger, for its response.
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