22 March 2012
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said Petaling Jaya Utara Member of Parliament and DAP Publicity chief Tony Pua should direct questions about the construction of klia2 to Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad instead of accusing him of trying to cover up.
"I have nothing to hide. Whatever I know is provided by MAHB. They are a listed company, have their own board, answerable to their shareholders and securities commission. They even fund the project.
"MAHB has in fact put up information about the project in their website. They even posted letters related to the project between them and airlines. This was explained by them before. If he is still not satisfied, please ask them again," he told Bernama.
Kong was responding to Pua’s allegation at a press conference today that the Transport Ministry was evasive about the construction cost of klia2, and that it showed there was something to hide.
Pua said he had asked Kong about the reason for shifting the site of the airport but the minister had only responded by saying the decision was based on the KLIA Blueprint dated December 2008, which Pua regarded as "sheer nonchalance and lack of willingness to provide clarification."
Pua claimed that the huge jump in the construction cost of klia2 from RM1.7 billion to RM3.9 billion on significant earthworks alone carried out at the new low-cost carrier terminal site in KLIA West, would probably also see an increase in cost due to the construction of an additional control tower and the unsuitable terrain.
Pua further claimed that these were serious issues of governance, which must be dealt with by the Minister of Transport.
However, Kong said, "I have nothing to hide. I’m not an airport engineer or consultant for the project and whatever the information I have about the project were given by MAHB."
"What is there to cover up? If Tony Pua thinks something is wrong, there are agencies that can investigate. I have nothing to hide. To me, he was just playing politics."