Chua Tee Yong tried to blame Anwar Ibrahim of being responsible for tying-down the government with lopsided highway concessions. This is a mischievous attempt to divert BN failure to renegotiate the toll concessions.
No one will dispute Anwar’s role as the Finance Minister from 1991 – 1998. However Anwar did not sign the toll concessions on a personal capacity. He was representing the BN government when he signed the toll agreements. The decision to sign the toll concessions was a collective decision by the BN government, not Anwar Ibrahim’s personal decision.
MCA has four ministers in the cabinet at that point of time. Why didn’t MCA ministers raise any objections against the lopsided highway concessions? MCA cannot just take the easy way out by blaming Anwar and wash their hands off on this issue. Would Chua Tee Yong also want to blame Anwar for all the failed policies in Barisan Nasional from 1993 – 1998 when Anwar was the Deputy Prime Minister?
Chua Tee Yong’s blame game only reinforce the notion that a good leader in Barisan Nasional is unable to change the corrupt and evil BN regime. It is a good man versus the whole corrupt system. Any reform from within the Barisan Nasional has been proven over time to be a failure.
Chua Tee Yong is trying to divert the public attention from the main issue of the toll concession – why didn’t the BN government renegotiate the toll concession?
There is a clause in the toll concession agreement that the government can takeover the highway concession at construction cost. The BN government decided not to buy back the privatized highway concessions nor to renegotiate the lopsided agreement.
Instead the BN government has chosen to compensate the toll companies with billions of taxpayers money in one way of another, either by direct compensation to the toll companies or to allow the toll companies increase the toll rate. Chua Tee Yong cannot run away from the main question of the impending toll hike. What is the reason behind the BN government’s refusal to renegotiate the toll concession? Who are they trying to protect? The people or the cronies?
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to Taiping MP on 26th Dec 2013