Pemandu govt unit, not PR firm, says press sec

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KUALA LUMPUR — MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai’s press secretary leapt to his defence yesterday amid controversy over a contract worth RM808,629 that was awarded to Pemandu Associates Sdn Bhd earlier this year.

Lim Chau Leng said the seven-month contract awarded in January by the Transport Ministry then helmed by Liow was to Pemandu as a unit under the Prime Minister’s Department, even though the government efficiency unit was officially disbanded in March 2017.

Lim said Pemandu was not a public relations company as asserted by Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

“The company that Loke mentioned is no PR firm, but in fact the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (known as Pemandu),” he said in a statement.

Lim said ministries and government agencies were required to report to the people their key performance indicators and overall performance management.

“The Transport Ministry had commissioned Pemandu to conduct a public interaction programme to let people understand its work and progress,” he said.

On Tuesday, Loke said he was cancelling the contract awarded on Jan 24 to Pemandu for “ministerial communications programmes” as it was unnecessary and a waste of funds.