Datasonic denies paying Zahid for smart passport contract

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Datasonic Group Bhd has denied that either it had issued any payment to Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in relation to a government contract it obtained to supply 12.5 million chips to be embedded in Malaysian passports.

“Datasonic Technology was awarded the contract to supply 12.5 million chips on Dec 12, 2015, based on the value proposition of enhanced chips security.

“We are to put the chips bonded into the polycarbonate datapage instead of at the back cover of the passports and at a 15 percent lower pricing as compared to the previous vendor.

“That provided a total savings of RM56.25 million to the government over a period of five years,” the group said in a statement to Bursa Malaysia.

Two of the 45 charges against Zahid brought against him by the MACC today alleged that Datasonic managing director Chew Ben Ben had given the Umno president two cheques totalling RM6 million on April 26, 2017.

Zahid was home affairs minister at the time and the MACC cited Datasonic’s passport chips contract in the charge sheet.

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