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Former minister rubbishes decoder deal allegation

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – August 15, 2018: Former second finance minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani has rubbished an allegation that he tried to profit from a broadcasting system transformation project.

“They should report to the authorities if what they alleged is true. If I were to answer every unsubstantiated allegation, I will end up having nothing else to do,” said Johari today in response to the claim that was published at the Whistleblower KKMM blog.

According to the story, Johari had allegedly ordered MyTV Broadcasting Sdn. Bhd. executive chairman Syed Najib Syed Noor to sell the government 2.2 million low-quality television decoders at a jacked-up price.

The decoders were supposed to be part of the Barisan Nasional government’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) project which aimed to migrate the country’s broadcasting system from analogue to digital.

“Syed Najib has written to Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, asking for the latter to pressure Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo to buy these broken decoders that were made by Green Packet Berhad,” read the post.

The DDT project, launched four years ago, was supposed to be completed on June 30 but the deadline was deferred indefinitely in March because the then-BN government wanted all parties to have more time to prepare for a fully digital broadcasting environment.

MyTV is owned by businessman Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary.

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at [email protected]