MACC is urged to be transparent about its investigation into DRT

MCA Youth in PUTRAJAYA has called on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to conduct an open and transparent probe into the Demand-Responsive Transport (DRT), a project that was awarded to the husband of Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh.

MCA Youth presented a memo to a representative of the MACC yesterday, detailing the actions that they want the commission to take. In the memorandum, it was stated that there were 25 more ride-hailing services licensed by Land Public Transport Agency.

It said that, “Given similarity of DRT to ride-hailing service, MACC should look into why these 25 companies weren’t invited by Apad as well as the reasons for recommending AMT Selangor Government,”

Ng Sze Han, the chairman of Selangor’s investment, trade and transportation department said the state had only involved Asia Mobility Technologies (AMT) and Badan Bas as they were the only two companies that had been licensed by Apad for the operation of a “bus on demand” service.

MCA Youth Secretary-General Saw Yee Fung stated that they were unsure of why Ng claimed there were only 2 companies licensed to bid for the project when there are 25 similar companies.

We hope MACC will conduct a transparent and open investigation of the entire awarding process for the DRT project. This includes the decision-making, approval and awarding processes.

She said that the MACC could also clarify legality and risk mitigation to prevent cronyism and under-the-table negotiations.

She also asked MACC to examine laws that would regulate the awarding of government contracts by high-ranking officials to their relatives.

Saw also questioned budget allocations for the DRT Project, which she claimed the Selangor government paid RM2.1mil.

According to reports in the media, we calculated that the cost per passenger over nine months would be RM97.50.

She asked, “If DRT is so expensive to operate, does it really save money?”

Saw also added that media reports said the waiting time for DRT is excessively long.

She said: “We hope MACC can investigate if the Selangor Government has conducted appropriate cost and feasibility assessments to approve and implement this project.”

MCA Youth filed a police complaint on the DRT Project earlier, in May.

The MCA Youth Vice-Chairman Wong Miew Kee, and the Melaka State Chairman Tee Tian Leng were also present at the time of the transfer.

The DRT, or Demand-Based Ride-Sharing Transit Service (DRT), is a ride-sharing service that improves last-mile and first-mile connectivity in public transport.

The RM25mil Selangor Mobiliti Initiative announced in the state budget 2023 to improve public transport is part of this initiative.

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