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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2, 2015:

The government has already selected a company that won the tender to install PM2.5 haze monitoring systems in the country.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar refused to state the name of the company chosen, but said that it was chosen after an “intricate process and analysis” of the company’s expertise.

“I don’t want to name the company here. Not now. I will do the launching later on, then announce (it).

“What we will have later is a machine that can measure sea water pollution and river water pollution in addition to air pollution,” he told reporters at a press conference at Sime Darby Convention Centre here today.

The appointment of a new company comes following the expiry of current contract holder, Progressive Impact Corporation Berhad (Picorp) in 2016.

Picorp recently said that it brought the PM2.5 technology from the United States and owned three of these units, which were currently in use.

It added that the PM2.5 technology had been available in Malaysia for the past three years now.

When asked to comment on this and why Picorp’s technology was not used, Wan Junaidi said the government already made its decision on a company.

“I know. I’ve seen it myself. They showed me. If I want to have my contract extended, I will buy all these things.

“But this time the government already made its decision on a company.”

On why the technology was not used three years ago when it was made available, Wan Junaidi said that was when the process to call for the tender took place, hence it took time before a company was picked to provide the technology.

“At the same time, the existing company providing the service now is still on. If you terminate the contract, you have to pay; the government has to pay.

“So it’s not prudent for the government to have to pay for the (removal of an) existing contract, that is till 2016.

“What we will have later is a machine that can measure sea water pollution and river water pollution in addition to air pollution,” he told reporters at a press conference at Sime Darby Convention Centre here today.

The press conference was held after the Prime Minister’s Hibuscus Award 2014/2015 Sponsors Cheque Presentation Ceremony.

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