Feb 18, 2007

Samy: PM agrees toll concession agreements be made public

Shame on you Samy. After all the hoo-hah about prosecuting the four opposition members for exposing the contents of highway concession agreements, it is time for the public to know the truth.

(The Star) KUALA LUMPUR: The Prime Minister has approved in principle for the concession agreements for all highways to be made public, Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.

"I had mentioned it in the Cabinet on Feb 7 and the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) asked me to submit the working paper.

"Now I have already got the approval (tomake the agreements public)," he told reporters at the MCA Chinese New Year Open House at Wisma MCA here on Sunday.

Samy Vellu said he had consulted the attorney general on the matter and was now writing to the highway concession companies

This was because there was a clause stating that the consent of the concessionaires was required before publicising the doocuments.

"Once this is done and the Cabinet approves it, everybody can come and see it. I have the agreements in my office," Samy Vellu added.

Asked when he expected the agreements could be made public, Samy Vellu said :"Wait for the Cabinet to approve it."

It was recently reported that Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that the Attorney-General's Chamber was studying mounting requests from the public to reveal the contents of highway concession agreements, classified as official secrets, in the wake of the recent steep toll hikes.

Information from such agreements was already made available to investors and bond-holders and earlier four opposition officials had also been investigated under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) over the disclosure of a toll concession agreement.

On the toll rates for Sungair Nyor toll plaza at the Butterworth Outer Ring Road (BORR), Samy Vellu said the rates had yet to be discussed and decided.

He said toll collection at the Sungai Nyior toll booth had been deferred indefinitely following strong public protests in the area while toll collections at two other toll plazas, Prai and Bagan Ajam, along the 12.1km highway would begin on Feb 20.

"There is a slight misunderstanding. The stretch (Sungai Nyior) was constructed about six years ago. It is part of the highway. The people were then allowed to use it and said that it's an old road."

However, Samy Vellu said he would discuss the matter with the residents, concessionaires and the Penang state government.

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Anonymous said...

people unhappy and protest. misunderstanding. so, toll defer indefinitely.

one question. any compensation by the government. documents to be osa again?

by the way, people affected by the recent toll increase should continue their protest. maybe with some misunderstanding, in whatever way our mr samy think it is alrite, the toll me be scrap altogether.

TasekPauh Blogspot said...

the way I see this, the gen election is around the corner! this is another msg to the rakyat that the govt cares and do listen to them! The build up towards the election is surely!