The Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has called on for a special parliamentary sitting to discuss the billion ringgit projects the government has started without any apparent transparency.
He also urged the government and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob not to use the memorandum of understanding (MoU) as a reason to ignore the principles of honesty and integrity and their responsibilities.
“The government has to answer serious questions on the management, abuse of power and decisions for some of these billion-ringgit government projects funded by taxpayers’ money.”
“This is concerning and I urge that it be given special attention as soon as possible before it gets worse. In the past, we had 1MDB, now MRT, DNB, MySejahtera and Sapura, all these issues need to be explained to the public.”
“Hence, I urge for a special parliamentary sitting for a few days to debate these actions taken by the government,” he said in a statement on Saturday (16 April).
However, he did not mention which aspects of the projects needed explaining.
In late March, 5 people were detained for over RM27 million in bribes involving the construction of an MRT project costing more than RM650 million. MRT Corp has distanced itself from the probe.
Controversy has also arisen over the country’s 5G rollout project through the government company Digital Nasional Bhd, which has appointed Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson as its main supplier.
In addition, questions were also raised about the ownership of the MySejahtera phone app, and the personal data of millions of Malaysians who are required to use the app for contact tracing purposes.
On the other hand, Sapura Energy, which announced a loss of RM8.9 billion last year, will be the subject of a public debate within weeks between Anwar and former prime minister Najib Razak, who has asked for a bailout of the company.
The takeover of 4 highway concession companies in the Klang Valley by a non-profit company Amanat Lebuhraya Rakyat Bhd had sparked another controversy, with many questioning about an extension of toll payments, and allegations have been made that the takeover would amount to a bailout for companies involved, such as Gamuda.
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