2 April 2014
|July 2007||klia2 would cost RM1.7 billion. This was announced by then-Transport Minister Ong Tee Keat.|
|Mar 2009||klia2 budget increased to RM2.0 billion|
|Oct 2010||klia2 cost ballooned to RM2.5 billion.|
|Nov 2011||klia2 cost more than doubled compared to 2007 at RM3.9 billion according to Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).|
|July 2012||AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said klia2 cost had escalated to RM5 billion. But authorities denied the figure.|
|Oct 2012||klia2 cost had increased to RM4 billion, Transport Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri told the parliament.|
|August 2013||Acting Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said klia2 would not cost more than RM4 billion.|
|Feb 9, 2014||Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Karpawi, the chief of Special Cabinet Taskforce on klia2 confirmed Hishamuddin’s statement that the cost would not exceed RM4 billion.|
|Mar 31, 2014||Abdul Aziz admitted to The Edge Financial Daily that the cost of klia2 airport is more than RM4 billion.|
Looking at the chronology above summarised from DAP Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua’s statement, there is little doubt that we have been toyed by the government about the real cost for developing klia2.
Pua said Malaysians could no longer tolerate being deceived by ministers and the top management of government-linked companies (GLCs), MAHB in particular, that he alleged had used lies and deception about klia2 to cover up its incompetence and mismanagement.
“There can no longer be any excuse for the prime minister not to act firmly against the top management of MAHB, or even his transport ministers for failing to check on MAHB’s intransigence,” urged Pua.
The DAP national publicity secretary said it is time to terminate the klia2 contract which has extended twice since the cost ballooned to RM4 billion.
“Heads must roll, or the entire Najib administration will be responsible for perhaps a revised RM5 billion “low-cost” klia2 scandal and to send a message to all GLCs that he will not tolerate incompetence and gross mismanagement,” he added. – Harakahdaily
Original Source: www.malaysia-chronicle.com
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