KUALA LUMPUR: Former Education Minister, Prof. Dr.Maszlee Malik alleges a contract worth RM4.7 billion was signed between the government and YTL Communications Sdn. Bhd. for 1BestariNet project that was online learning platform when Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was the Minister of Education in 2012.
In a recent interview with Iswardy Morni Official, Maszlee claimed that in 2018 the “Frog VLE” and the learning management system (LMS) was found to be a failure following teachers in schools complaint about the system.
Maszlee also alleged that four out of five committees that had evaluated the performance of the project said it was a failure except from a committee sponsored by YTL.
“Professional body had said the project would have incurred only RM1 billion only and what happened to the other RM3 billion? The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should investigate on this missing money.
“The Ministry of Education will have to do something and study on this matter,” Maszlee said.
Maszlee also said he had seen the agreement signed between the government and YTL and it was lopsided and had caused the government losing a lot of money while the people had not benefitted much from it.
Maszlee said, when he was the Minister of Education he refused to continue the project in 2019 even though requested by the former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
He added, he did not want to continue the project as it will affect the integrity of the government and good governance and it was against his principles to help the people and the country that he serves.
The former education minister said that Tun Mahathir met him five times over that matter but he insisted not to continue the project as it was not profiting the government and the people as expected.
Maszlee said he had told Tun Mahathir that the Google classroom was free but he (Tun Mahathir) said Muhyiddin told him that it needed payments.
Maszlee also alleged that Muhyiddin had urged Tun Mahathir to ask him to resign for not continuing the project with YTL.
However, he said, when he was on his vacation, he received an email from the Prime Minister asking him to resign for five reasons among them the YTL BestariNet, black shoes and Jawi writing.
“I took the decision to resign as I love the country and try to save the future generation. I am more concern about these aspects. I am also ready to resign as the Prime Minister did not want me to continue my service anymore and I accept it with open heart,” he said. –Malaysia World News