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Loo seeks to view tunnel documents

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Gerakan acting Youth chief Jason Loo has applied for the release of several documents related to the proposed undersea tunnel and three paired roads, via the Penang Freedom of Information Enactment.

He made four applications seeking copies of the agreement or award papers between the state government and Consortium Zenith BUCG Sdn Bhd, itemised expenses of the feasibility studies, design and environmental impact assessment reports, and also the tender submissions of other companies that made unsuccessful bids for the project.

“We want to understand why about 45ha of land was given as payment for the project but no low-cost housing requirement was put on the land,” he told a press conference outside the state government complex in Komtar yesterday.

He said Penang Gerakan also wanted financial details that had led to the company getting a 30-year toll concession for the tunnel on top of the land as payment-in-kind.

Another matter that troubled the party, he said, was the targeted completion date of the tunnel’s feasibility studies.

“They say the report is 83% complete. It has been delayed since April 2014,” Loo claimed.

The reported cost of the study was RM305mil, a sum which Loo tallied could build 6,700 low-cost homes, keep Penang Bridge toll-free for over a year or build thousands of stray animal shelters.

“If they call off the undersea tunnel project, Penangites will lose so many opportunities,” he said.

The 7.2km undersea tunnel will link Gurney Drive to Bagan Ajam while the three paired roads are from Teluk Bahang to Tanjung Bungah (10.5km), Air Itam to the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (5.7km) and Gurney Drive to the same expressway (4.1km).

Loo’s previous attempts to obtain documents via the enactment had been unsuccessful. His last application was for documents related to the Taman Manggis issue.

“It was rejected on grounds that the documents have been surrendered to the MACC,” he said.

Another earlier application by Loo was for documents related to reclamation projects in Bayan Bay and Bayan Mutiara.

“The state approved my application but wanted me to sign a statutory declaration that the documents would only be for my personal use if they were released.

“I refused to sign. Why would I want such documents for my personal use?” Loo asked.

Source: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/05/27/loo-seeks-to-view-tunnel-documents-penang-freedom-of-information-law-invoked-for-release-of-contract/




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