Sarawak schools solar project: MACC remands managing director, lawyer

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KUCHING, June 27: The managing director and lawyer of a Bintulu-based company that has been contracted to implement solar hybrid projects in 369 rural schools in Sarawak have been remanded for six days.

According to The Star, the duo was arrested yesterday by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Putrajaya when they were called in to record their statements.

They will be retained to assist in investigation until July 2.

Sarawak Report recently alleged that former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak approved this RM1.25 billion project, which involves the installation of solar panels, to this company.

Claiming to have copious documents, Sarawak Report alleged that Najib also authorised payments to be made even though the terms of the contract were not fulfilled.

It is understood that these 369 schools rely on diesel generators, which were supplied and maintained by some 30 local companies previously.

However, under the new contract, the Bintulu-based firm took over the entire diesel supply and maintenance work for an agreed lump sum of RM 21.8 million. At the same time, it was also tasked to install solar hybrid panels in these schools.

Sarawak Report claimed that 18 months into the three-year contract, not a single solar power unit was installed. — DayakDaily