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Posted: 23 Aug 2013 01:22 AM PDT
Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad has denied cutting corners in the construction of a RM14.2 million pedestrian bridge linking the Sultan Ismail LRT to the Medan Tuanku monorail.
Prasarana group director of infrastructure services Masnizam Hisham reaffirmed that the construction of the bridge had kept to the original design. "We wish to reaffirm that the finishes of the bridge had remained the same as it was designed," she said.
Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng had raised several complaints over the pedestrian bridge, including the fact that half its lights were not working.
Masnizam explained that this was due to cable theft and electricity supply was restored on Aug 19 when the cables were replaced. She added that Prasarana will step-up the deployment of auxiliary police to prevent a recurrence of cable thefts.
Steps taken to address complaints
She also addressed several other complaints about the bridge by the MPs, including:
· Lifts and escalators are under going testing by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health and will begin operation in November.
· CCTVs not part of the bridge's scope of work but will be installed in future to enhance security.
· Automatic plant watering system is working but only at night for pedestrian's convenience. Plants wilted by searing heat will be replaced.Masnizam stressed that Prasarana had obtained the project through open tender and the construction cost had factored in the area's the busy and confined environment.
Posted: 23 Aug 2013 01:12 AM PDT
Source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/239065(23/8/2013)Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) is urging that all procurement documents, including those for the Automated Enforcement System (AES) be declassified.
"Official secrets or top secrets should only apply to sensitive government documents involving the procurement of military defence equipment; all other documents should be made available to the people's representatives for scrutiny.
"This will also help restore public confidence in the government, which in the past, has always been seen as operating in a cloud of secrecy," it said in a statement yesterday.
The corruption watchdog was responding to Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng's press conference on Wednesday highlighting that the concession agreements with AES' concessionaires Tegap Sdn Bhd and Ates Sdn Bhd are state secrets.
This is based on inquiries to acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussien, to which he said in a parliamentary written reply on July 17 that the documents are classified.
"For the attention of the Honourable House, the terms and conditions of the concession agreement are classified/secret documents," said the minister.
"Therefore in line with Rule 23(1)(f) of the Standing Orders 'a question may not request for an explanation on anything that is secret', the contents of the agreement cannot be disclosed in the August House."
Remove cloud of secrecy
TI-M said it is disappointed to learn of this development, saying that there is no reason to classify the documents as official secrets.
It also urged the government to consider abolishing the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and - if it is serious about fighting corruption - emulate Selangor and
"Removing the cloud of secrecy around public procurements is the best way to ensure all procurements are done above board," said the anti-corruption watchdog.
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