Selangor Journal

Izzah: Najib does not know difference between politics and transparent governance

KUALA LUMPUR, MAR 9: Lempah Pantai Member of Parliament, Nurul Izzah Anwar is disappointed with the government’s refusal to form a Parliament Selection Committee to supervise public land transportations.
She said, the proposal to set-up the committee is to ensure investment in public transportation is consistent with economic growth.
“The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak confused the citizens when he called for the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) project to not be politicised.
“He (Najib) cannot differentiate between his political interest and transparent governance. In short, he is not committed to improve public transportation as expected by the people in an open and transparent manner,” she said in a media conference at the Parliament Lobby today.
She said, the proposal was rejected allegedly due to the separation of powers between executive, legislative and judiciary bodies will ensure public transportation’s development will not be wronged.
This is because the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is formed to improve public transportation and has investigative function.
Nurul Izzah said, the power separation mentioned is only in words but in reality, SPAD is restricted and biased.
Besides that she also said it is quite impossible to achieve transparency in investigation when the party that investigates government projects are appointed by the Federal Government themselves.
As an example, the opposition has raised the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) issue where cost has increased to RM53 billion in 2016 when the allocation for it was originally RM40 billion in 2009.
“The question is what does the government want to hide from the citizens concerning MRT expenses? We are concerned of leakages and ask for transparency in national fund management as the money comes from citizens who pay taxes,” she said.

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