MO,13/2/2018, GEORGE TOWN: Penang Gerakan Youth has tried again to obtain a copy of the agreement pertaining to the three major roads and undersea tunnel project signed in 2013. Its acting chief Jason Loo and vice-chief H. Puvaniten were at level three of Komtar to make the application yesterday but they were told to “come back again” as the officer-in-charge was in a meeting.
Loo said he made a similar application in 2016 which was approved on condition that he signed a statutory declaration (SD) which he refused. “I re-applied after learning about the remarks made by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in Facebook live on Saturday. “In the video, he questioned Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai about his right to obtain information on the undersea tunnel project since Liow was not related to the project.
“Does he mean that people related to the tunnel project have the right to get the documents? If so, are Penangites related to the tunnel project? If yes, can we ask for the documents?” he asked during a press conference in Komtar. “At the same time, I also request the state government to declassify and give me all the documents on the undersea tunnel project, which I applied in 2016.”
Loo was referring to the agreement for the three main roads and undersea tunnel project which he applied yesterday; the contract that award the feasibility study cost RM305mil and the itemised expenses of the RM305mil feasibility study. He also wanted to have a copy of the open tender document for the three main roads and tunnel project, and the state exco meeting minutes on how the state government withdrew Beijing Urban Contruction Group (BUCG) from the project.
He said the first four applications were approved with the condition of him signing the SD, adding that the application for the exco meeting minutes was rejected. When asked if he will sign the SD if he is asked to do so, he said he will not sign as it doesn’t make sense.
“If they are sincere with their Freedom of Information Enactment, they should declassify the documents for the benefit of the people,” he added.