Hornbill Unleashed

April 2, 2017

What ministry gives 24-hour approval for billion-ringgit projects, minister asks Guan Eng

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof today challenged Penang’s chief minister to name any ministry that would conditionally approve large projects such as Penang’s RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel. — Picture by Nazerul RamliWorks Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof today challenged Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to identify ministries that would conditionally approve projects the scale of Penang’s RM6.3 billion undersea tunnel within a day.

In the latest exchange between the two on the topic, Fadillah also said his ministry has the expertise to complete the feasibility and design studies for the undersea tunnel and three accompanying roads that Lim said were now stuck at “87 per cent”.

Questioning the Penang government’s apparent lack of urgency to finalise the studies that it previously said would be done in 2014, the minister also noted that Lim last year said these would be ready in the first quarter of this year.

“To the best of our knowledge, we are unaware of any federal ministries who will give pre-approvals for multi-billion ringgit projects within 24 hours of submission without any supporting documents as alleged by YAB Lim yesterday,” Fadillah said in a statement.

“We request YAB Lim to tell us which ministry has done this so that we can learn from them.”

Lim made the claim yesterday when responding to Fadillah’s remark rejecting responsibility for the repeated delays in the project. The minister said the blame was solely on the state government’s inability to produce the two studies that his ministry has requested five times.

The CM also denied that the delays were due to the unfinished reports, instead attributing it to an incomplete master reclamation plan.

Fadillah today pointed out that reclamation works had been ongoing since last year despite this.

“We take note that the reason given by YAB Lim why the studies are now stalled is that a master reclamation plan has yet to be completed despite the project being awarded in 1999 and despite nine years of DAP taking over the state government.”

Fadillah then invited Lim to meet next week and present the studies for the project in their current state of completion.

Source : @ Malay Mail Online


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