Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunos has denied accusations that he had received favourable treatment from the federal government in the award of approved permits (AP) to import vehicles.
Responding to the accusations made by Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng earlier today, Jamal said his company, IBM Automobiles Sdn Bhd, was among the lowest AP recipients.
"Compared to 97 other companies, ours received the least (amount of AP). You can check with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
"Ask (Lim) to check what year I got into the industry and how many (my companies got) compared to others... (Lim's) line of questioning was done in bad faith and was motivated by politics," said Jamal when contacted.
Lim had challenged Jamal to reveal the number of vehicular import permits and accused the latter of receiving preferential treatment from the federal government.
He also urged Putrajaya to explain the merits behind the awarding of APs to Jamal and over younger entrepreneurs.
Lim made the accusation following Jamal's complaint that he was a victim of double standards by the Selangor government, which demolished his unlicensed resort in Sekinchan.
Jamal told Malaysikini that he had been in business for 26 years, of which 15 years were spent in the automotive industry."I entered IBM Automotive 10 years ago when I bought a stake. There are only five shareholders. It had nothing to do with politics," he said, adding that he was no longer the chief executive of the company but remained a company director.
Jamal said he was elected an Umno division leader three years ago and prior to that, he was not an active party member.
In 2012, Jamal promised to give away a 2005-model BMW 530 and a 2009-model Lamborghini Gallardo for two lucky individuals who "liked" a Facebook page he had set up to denounce the Bersih 4 rally.
According a 2014 report by Utusan Malaysia, IBM Automobiles sold more than 400 cars in 2013.- Mkini