SHAH ALAM: Winners of FAST helmet tenders. Back in July 2021, Malaysian Defence wrote about a Request For Bid (RFB) or tender for the supply and delivery of five-hundred and sixty-nine Future Advanced Shell Technology (FAST) ballistic helmets for a three-year period for the Joint Force.
A check on the Eperolehan website today showed that the company which won the bid was KDI Garments Sdn Bhd> with the Letter of Award (LOA or contract) of RM1.456 million. A Google search showed that KDI Garments is a women clothing company based in Seremban, Negri Sembilan.
Shortly after the FAST helmet tender for the Joint Force closed in September 2021, another tender for FAST helmets was published by Eperolehan in November 2021 and closed on January 21, 2022. The tender for the supply and delivery of the FAST helmets, was for the Army, which sought 1306 examples. Usahawan PSE Sdn Bhd was the company that won the tender and awarded the LOA of RM3.983 million. Usahawan PSE and its subsidiaries have been supplying assorted items to the Defence Ministry since mid-2000s. It must be noted that both tenders were issued by the Procurement Division of the Defence Ministry.
On March 3, last year, the Ordnance Group of the Army issued another RFB for one hundred and fourty-two FAST ballistic helmets. The RFB opening and closing date was seven days as the closing date was on March 10. Usahawan PSE was awarded the LOA of RM418,900.
Not much interesting, isn’t it? I thought so as well but my interest in the tenders was perked up when I read that a retired Army major-general had a lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission over the management on the purchase of ballistic helmets. The retired officer had publicised the report on January 7 on his social media post. I have no idea whether the report was in connection with the above three tenders, but it will be interesting, to say the least, if anything will come up following the report. (The officer confirmed today on his social media that the report was lodged for the second tender of FAST helmets)
— Malaysian Defence