Bloggers have asked Nurul Izzah to explain why she prefers one firm over another in her criticism of the KLIA2 Air Traffic Control system tender award. (Mole pic)
KUALA LUMPUR: Remarks by PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar about the awarding of the KLIA2 Air Traffic Control (ATC) system to AAT over rival firm AMCOP have a couple of prominent bloggers wondering if the Lembah Pantai MP has some connection to AMCOP.
Blogger Big Dog wrote a post on July 21 in response to articles in two news portals which quoted Nurul Aizzah as saying Advanced Air Traffic Systems Sdn Bhd (AAT) was awarded the KLIA2 ATC contract despite another company, AMP Corporation Sdn Bhd (AMCOP) being more suitable for the job.
“Let us have the record straight,” Big Dog wrote. “AMCOP is the firm maintaining the KLIA ATC system since three years ago after winning the tender. All the other ATC system and NATCC is being maintained by AAT. AAT is ISO certified and employs 120 certified mechanical engineers (ME) for the ATC system. They won all bids and they have been maintaining the system well, above international and ICAO standards.”
“If the Malaysian ATC system has shown no ‘air misses’ the past 17 years, why is Nurul Izzah making statements that the KLIA2 ATC systems project was awarded to a faulty radar supplier?” he asked.
Big Dog pointed out that a recommendation by AECOM -- a consultant hired by Malaysia Airports (MAHB) -- that AMCOP be awarded the tender was flawed, not only because AMCOP’s bid was above MAHB’s budget but also because AAT’s bid was a “comprehensive and final price and included integration into the main ATCC system, stationed in NATCC outside Lapangan Terbang Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Subang, Selangor”.
“It was highlighted to MOF2 and MAHB that no parties could integrate any system at new KLIA2 tower with ATCC in Subang without AAT and Selex’s participation and the fact is that AMCOP never bothered to ask AAT how much it cost to integrate into the main existing system, which is under AAT maintenance,” he said.
Big Dog said Nurul Izzah’s persistence in “going after AAT in all the issues involving the airports and ATC system” raises questions about her connection to AMCOP.
“People in the ATC community now are wondering whether Nurul Izzah has direct or indirect interest with AMCOP, since all her statements are obviously leaning in AMCOP’s favour and intentionally demonizing AMCOP’s opponent, AAT. Her previous statement when she went after AAT was clearly defective,” he said.
Big Dog also questioned the role played by Malaysiakini and The Malaysian Insider along with Nurul Izzah in what he called “their concerted effort to demonize AAT”. He said the news portals’ failure to get AAT’s side of the story is “glaring”.
Blogger Rocky of Rocky’s Bru picked up Big Dog’s post about Nurul Izzah and asked “Is AMCOP using her or is she using AMCOP?”
“From a layman's point of view, I don't see how or why the contest (or dispute?) between two corporations (AMCOP vs AAT?) should concern YB Nurul, especially since ‘the Malaysian ATC system has shown no ‘air misses’ the past 17 years’,” Rocky said.
Rocky said he wondered if Nurul Izzah was picking on AAT because it is headed by a son of former Malaysian Ambassador to the US Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis, or if she might have some connection to AMCOP.
Like Big Dog, Rocky also highlighted the way opposition-linked news portals have handled the issue.
“As a journalist, it amuses me that while its report…heavily quotes Nurul Izzah on Amcop and AAT, Premesh's Malaysiakini carries an Editor's note at the end of the article to say that ‘Malaysiakini has contacted AAT for comment on the latest allegation and is waiting for a response’,” he said.
He asked: “Who are the people behind AMCOP? Shouldn't Malaysiakini be equally interested in AMCOP's response, too? I am.”