MACC’s supervision & monitoring on PTMP should start with the unreasonable cost of RM 305 million merely for feasibility study

HngKhoonLeng 20160103 Penang Reclamation MACC Transport BIPENANG — Penang Gerakan viewed positively the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)’s decision to supervise & monitor the Penang Transportation Master Plan (PTMP) against any wrongdoing.

However, this proposed “supervision & monitoring measures” by MACC should not be misused by the DAP-led State Government, said Penang Gerakan State Liaison Committee member H’ng Khoon Leng.

H’ng is concerned that the state government would hide behind the MACC and claimed that the project is under its supervision and monitoring.

He said the state government should not absolve itself from full transparency and accountability just because MACC is monitoring the PTMP implementation, which is a mega project involving large sum of money.

PTMP and all mega infrastructural projects under the state or federal governments need to be totally transparent and accountable to the people, he said in a statement.

Supervision & monitoring by the MACC must be exhaustive and extensive on all aspect of this mega infrastructural project including all the related land reclamation deals. Superficial supervision and monitoring by MACC would make the anti-corruption commission complicit if it failed to detect and prevent corruption in this mega project.

He hoped MACC would start investigation into the unreasonable cost of RM 305 million for a mere feasibility study of the undersea tunnel and paired roads project. It is absurd that the project was awarded before the feasibility was made.

Penang Gerakan also urged the MACC to investigate the ballooning cost from RM 4.08 billion to RM 6.3 billion within one year for the tunnel and paired road project even though the state government claimed that it was a typo error.

The state had also claimed that the original cost was RM 8.3 billion.

“This is unbelievable as the detailed original costing of RM 4.08 billion was announced in an investment seminar a year before the project was awarded,” said H’ng.