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23 March 2017 22:04 (South Africa)

Tender process of Malaysia's $258m palace questioned

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Malaysia is due to unveil a massive new palace for the king in June. According to the works minister Shaziman Abu Mansor, the palace will cost $258 million, which is a significant $48 million more than initial cost assessments. Mansor said that the extra costs went into security measures, utility payments and interior decorations. The costs of the palace came to light after the opposition parties raised objections in Parliament, chief among them being that the building project was awarded to without tender to a senior government official. Sound familiar? Read more: AFP

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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