My family members don’t get govt contracts, says Malaysia's defence minister

My family members don’t get govt contracts, says Malaysia's defence minister

Defence Minister Datuk Seri His­ham­muddin Hussein will not allow his family members to obtain government contracts because it will be seen as a conflict of interest.

Issuing a denial of any involvement in the award of a government contract to his youn­ger brother, Hishammuddin said his brother did not get benefits from him.

"I don't know what my brother gets. I do not have any knowledge or involvement in what he does.

"If there is some discrepancy, then he should be answerable.

"As far as I know, he has not benefited from my present ministry or any previous ministry which I have held in the past.

"I will leave (the issue) it to the authorities.

"He will not have personal protection from me if he is in the wrong," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

On Wednesday, Petaling Jaya Uta­ra DAP MP Tony Pua questioned the award of a RM77mil (S$29mil) contract by the Customs Depart­ment to Lembah Sari Sdn Bhd, a company owned by Hishammuddin's brother Datuk Ha­­ris Onn.

Pua claimed that the contract to print security labels for liquor products was awarded via direct negotiation.

He said Lembah Sari was also contracted by the department to print security labels for cigarettes.

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