Tham's expertise on free computers and others going to jail
Kota Kinabalu, Nov 12, 2010: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) ex-Assistant Secretary-General, Foo Fook Ming questioned the government whether that income level, occupation and political affiliation part of the conditions to receive a free computer.
"In recent months, the BN government has been dishing out tens of thousands of laptop computers to individuals. Are the computers given out in accordance with the specifications?
"SAPP advises the government officers handling the distribution of the computers to make sure that they do not become victims in being involved in dishing out illegal, substandard computers installed with pirated software.
"As a lesson to government officers, in 2007, a Pemimpin Kemajuan Rakyat (PKR) (Mr. Wong) of Elopura constituency was convicted and sentenced to two years' imprisonment and RM100,000 fine for failure to supply computers to a Sandakan school in December 1998. Wong was working as PKR under the direction of his assemblyman, Datuk Tham Nyip Shen, who was the Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Information Technology at the time of the offence being committed in December 1998. The immediate past PKR of Elopura is the current Elopura assemblyman, Au Kam Wah, who was also the political secretary to Datuk Tham at the time.
"The computer supplier was Elektronet Komputer Sdn. Bhd. which belongs to Tham Nyip Shen. Elektronet had received the payments for the computers. This was Tham's left hand selling to his right hand, using government funds. This itself is corruption that must be investigated...