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Post highway agreements online

Postby admin » Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:42 am

KUALA LUMPUR: The government should post all agreements with highway concessionaires online to show that it is sincere in the exercise to declassify these documents.
The suggestion was made by MCA spokesman Lee Wei Kiat yesterday in a one-page statement.

"In today's digital age, the public has become more educated and holds higher expectations of accountability and transparency from the authorities.

"Post these documents online for the public to view and/or download. It is already a practice, where ministries and government bodies post their annual reports online."

Lee, who is also the party's Information and Communication Bureau chief, said MCA was disappointed that only 16 out of 22 highway concessionaire agreements were made public.
It was reported that the contracts between the government and the nation's highway operators were made available to the press for a brief period last Friday prior to them being made public tomorrow following their declassification from the Official Secrets Act 1972.

A total of 16 highway concession agreements were made available to the press. The remaining six agreements were not shown.

The agreements disclosed were for Guthrie Corridor, KL-Karak, Kesas, Metramac, Grand Saga, North Klang Sdn Bhd, Smart, LDP, Prolintas Aklen, New Pantai Expressway, Sprint, Besraya, Penang Bridge, Silk, Butterworth Outer Ring Highway and Shapadu.

Lee reminded the Works Ministry that the government had promised to reveal all 22 highway contracts by Jan 1.

In this respect, MCA called on the authorities to declassify the remaining six highway concessionaire agreements .

"The new year has already begun. We are let down that only 16 highway agreements were released to the public.

"We are further disappointed that documents pertaining to PLUS highway, the most frequently used highway, were not declassified."

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