The Malaysian government would do well to heed Justice V T Singham’s views in his dismissal of the lawsuit brought by Eskay (of ‘Datuk T’ fame) claiming RM20m in commission from the developer of the ‘crooked bridge’ project.
Excerpt from a Malaysiakini report:
Despite dismissing Eskay’s claim, Justice Singham had strong words on the necessity for the government to adopt and follow an open tender system as well as transparency in its transactions.
The judge said awarding projects involving large sums must be carried out through open public tenders, not through private arrangements or subject to lobbying by using the influence of certain ministers or political leaders for personal gain and benefit.
“Under those circumstances, this court would not hesitate to strike down the claim as it is opposed to public policy,” he said.
He pointed out in his judgment that the objective of building the bridge between Malaysia and Singapore must of necessity be aimed at the bringing benefit to the people and not to bestow favours on a certain class or group of people who have the knack for nurturing ties with higher level politicians from government agencies, only to inflict a considerable burden on the public.
Well said, Justice Singham!