The Human Resource Development Corp (HRD Corp) has issued a denial in response to allegations made against one of its officials in an article published by The Vibes today.
The news portal’s report titled ‘Fresh scandal brewing at HR ministry’ claimed that the finance ministry had uncovered irregularities in the contract and procurement process involving a key HRD Corp official.
According to the news portal, the irregularities are related to a program called “Skills Passport,” with a potential value ranging from RM53 million to RM159.47 million per year.
MoF claims that the HRD Corp senior officer misled the ministry, and the approval for the project from HRD Corp’s board was never sought.
HRD Corp denies scandal allegations
In a statement released by HRD Corp, the organization criticized the news portal for not making any attempt to contact them before publishing the “misleading” article.
HRD Corp has also instructed its legal team to take action to ensure that the article is retracted and the news portal issues an apology.
“The article contained false and defamatory statements that have caused serious damage to HRD Corp’s reputation and integrity,” it wrote.
“We take serious offense to the incorrect allegations in the article. We will not allow such baseless allegations to go unchallenged, and we will be taking all necessary actions to defend our reputation and protect our interests,” it further added.
Issues mentioned already resolved
HRD Corp also clarified that issues mentioned in a finance ministry letter, which reportedly discovered discrepancies in a contract and procurement process, had been addressed and resolved at HRD Corp’s board meetings.
The organization also noted that the contents of the letter were protected under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and were not intended for public dissemination or media publication.
[…] We trust that the contents of the letter are protected under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972 and were not meant for public consumption and media publication.
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