Guan Eng: PM Ismail Sabri must come clean on Sabah pipeline projects
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob must come clean on the continuation of the RM9.4 billion Trans Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) and Multi-Product Pipeline (MPP) projects, urged DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
(MMO) – In a statement today, Lim questioned the need for the current government to continue the projects that were scrapped by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government in 2018 due to alleged financial improprieties.
Both were later revived by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and now carried over to Ismail Sabri’s administration.
Lim went on to explain that the projects were scrapped by PH as they were allegedly part of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s legacy of financial mismanagement.
“The question remains why the Muhyiddin Yassin did not take any action against the perpetrators of such an extraordinary and humongous financial wrongdoing in paying billions of ringgit for work not done with 88 per cent payout for 13 per cent of unaudited progressive work done.
“Even if the previous government had decided to revive and continue with the two projects, those who were involved in betraying the country’s financial interests must not be allowed to go unpunished. PH had decided that as a matter of policy that any savings generated from projects will be returned to the Ministry concerned or respective states where the project was implemented.
“This would mean that the billions of ringgits that could be saved from these two projects will be returned to the states involved in the form of much-needed roads, water and infrastructure projects.
“Prime Minister Ismail Sabri must come clean with his role in the previous administration and set a new course to ensure that not only the financial interest of the country is protected but those involved in swindling their own country with such traitorous acts be severely punished.
Failure to do so would show that Ismail Sabri is no different from his predecessors in closing a blind eye and even trying to cover up such financial crimes,” he said.