Opposition MPs to lodge MACC report on KLIA2 repair, construction costs

The Malay Mail Online 

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 OCTOBER 2015 - Several federal opposition lawmakers said today they will seek a graft probe on the RM4 billion price tag for the construction of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) as well as the millions spent for repairs on the barely two-year-old terminal.

The lawmakers from newly-formed Pakatan Harapan said they will lodge a report on the matter soon with the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC).

“We will lodge the report so that MACC investigate the matter,” Amanah MP Hanipa Maidin told a press conference at the Parliament lobby today.

He was responding to a parliamentary reply from the transport ministry today which stated that repairs on KLIA2 have so far racked up a RM76.5 million bill.

“This cost is already one third of the cost of the entire terminal,” he said.

During the same press conference, Kuala Terengganu MP Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrain Shah pointed out that the construction cost for the airport had ballooned from the initial RM2 billion to RM4 billion following a location change.

“The original site was located at the north but it was moved to unsuitable land, which need to be cured. It does not make sense when more money was required to be spent to cure the land."

“That however didn't work and let to so many problems that we are facing till today. This is a big question that needs to be addressed,” said Raja Kamarul, who is an architect by profession.

The cost of the airport, which was initially billed at RM1.9 billion, ballooned to RM4 billion and was delayed five times over a period of one year.

After it was opened, the airport was affected by ponding problems on the taxiway, making it dangerous for aircraft to land.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said: "Today that repairs have so far RM76.5 million, although the terminal has only been in operations for less than two years."
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