PETALING JAYA: Datasonic Group Bhd has denied making any payments to former Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who claimed trial for graft charges earlier today, clarifying that it had instead bagged passport related jobs by way of open tender.
Ahmad Zahid was accused of receiving a RM5 million cheque from a director of Datasonic in relation to the supply of 12.5 million chips for the Malaysian passports and had subsequently received another cheque amounting to RM1 million during his stint as Home Minister.
Datasonic clarified in a filing with the stock exchange that its unit Datasonic Technologies Sdn Bhd (DTSB) had secured the five-year contract to supply passport polycarbobate datapages and printing system based on per passport produced through an open tender in April 2012.
“DTSB was awarded for the supply of 12.5 million chips on 15 December 2015 based on value proposition of enhanced chips security (to put the chips bonded into the polycarbonate datapage instead of at the back of passport cover) and 15% lower pricing as compared to the previous vendor that provided a total saving of RM56.25 million to the government over a period of five years,” it added.
Ahmad Zahid claimed trial to 45 charges of money laundering, criminal breach of trust and corruption at the Sessions Court earlier today.
These charges fall under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act and the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act.
Datasonic, which tumbled as much as 30 sen or 43.2% to a low of 39.5 sen this morning, was trading 19.5 sen or 28.1% lower at 50 sen at 3.30pm with101.89 million shares done.
Source: The Sun Daily