Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Highway contracts to be declassified

Finally it happens, after the 308 General Election, after Mr Samy lost his Sg Siput seat, after BN suffered the greatest loss. Read more on MalaysiaKini.

All highway concession contracts, except for the KL-Putrajaya Expressway (KLPE), will be declassified, said Works Minister Mohd Zin Mohamad.

MCPXSpeaking at a press conference this morning at the Works Department headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Mohd Zin said the cabinet decided on the matter on Oct 17.

Following this, the government managed to obtain an agreement on the declassification from all highway operators except Maju Expressway Bhd, which manages the KLPE

Asked if Maju Expressway had refused to comply with the cabinet directive, Mohd Zin said he was unsure, adding that the company had yet to reply.

He assured that the declassification would take place by Jan 1 next year at the latest. However, it has been undecided if members of the public would have to buy the documents or would be able to read it for free.

Opposition parties have often criticised the government for the clandestine nature of the highway agreements and leaked documents have often pointed to ‘lop-sided' contracts which benefited concession holders.

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