Anwar on highway’s RM2b increase, bridge over land

(Harakah Daily) – Nov 3: The delayed completion of the Jabor expressway which forms part of the East Coast Highway caught the attention of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim (pic), who revealed that the cost for its construction had ballooned by more than RM2 billion, from the original RM3 billion to RM5 billion.
The project, which started in 2007, was supposed to be completed last year.

“This is extremely disappointing and should not have happenned because it involves public money which must be spent appropriately,” said Anwar in parliament yesterday.

Taking to task the Public Works Department and other relevant ministries over the delay and the cost increase, Anwar anticipated problems over the collection of toll for the highway.

“Until now, we still do not know who will operate the toll and who will hold the concession,” said the Permatang Pauh member of parliament.

The former Finance minister also described as “not smart” the government’s project to build a bridge over land in Kemaman, Terengganu, costing some RM174 million, RM70 million higher than the original price tag.

“This is just another strange project by UMNO-BN to build bridges on land and with much higher cost than the original pricing,” he added.