PENANG — Penang Gerakan hailed a statement by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Penang branch that it would on its own accord supervise and monitor the implementation of the proposed RM 27 billion Penang Transportation Master Plan (PTMP).
In a statement, Penang Gerakan Secretary Oh Tong Keong also expressed hope that the supervision jobs would also cover the related land reclamation projects in the sea of Penang.
Oh said Gerakan agreed with the opinion expressed by branch director Dato’ Sama Rajoo that a RM 27 billion mega infrastructural project such as PTMP needed some forms of anti-corruption mechanism to ensure that the project can be carried out in accordance with the standing administrative procedures.
“We believe this is a good and wise move by the commission because the project will commence by next year,” said Oh.
Oh hoped the state government would accept MACC’s proposed supervisory measures in order to be transparent enough to be allowed to be monitored against any malpractice or irregularity.
Oh also appealed to the MACC to oversee and supervise the related land reclamation projects to be carried out by the state government because the profits of these mega reclamation projects would be used to fund the construction costs of this mega PTMP project, as proposed by the state government.
“This is to ensure there is no mistake to prevent any malpractice or irregularity as any uncalled for or undisclosed malpractice indulged in will cost huge financial losses to the people of Penang and the state government. If worst arises, it may also derail the whole PTMP project.”
On a similar note, Oh also proposed that the relevant authorities and agencies also invite the MACC to supervise and monitor mega projects to be carried out by the federal government.
He said since the MACC is an independent judicial body and its members are appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, any measure taken by the Commission should be in the interest of the nation and the people, and should have the support of the public.