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It does not necessarily follow that if you have open tenders, everything is transparent and above board.  All kinds of funny things can happen including collusion among bidders, bid-rigging led by fixers, and the formation of cartels to submit bids that are not really serious. Project officials may also receive ‘commissions’ or whatever you may call it.

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Update (3.05pm): The case has now been postponed. Case management has been fixed for 4 December 2015.

Terence Fernandez, the investigations editor of The Edge, rose to national prominence as the former sidekick of Citizen Nades in theSun during the PKFZ expose. He was the editor of the book PKFZ: Some Untold Stories, written by Nades.

Terence is also the winner of a Malaysian Press Intitute journalism award and three awards for Editorial Excellence from the Society of Publishers in Asia (Sopa), founded in 1982 to promote excellence in journalism and best practices in Asia Pacific.

Now, Terence is in the dock in Penang in a defamation suit arising from a report published in

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If you are late for school but if you have a good reason, you may be excused. But if you are habitually late, say, more than three times in a short space time, then your excuses may wear a little thin. You could end up in detention class or whatever they call it these days. In earlier days, it could even have meant the rotan!