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Daim should not be now be asking for Cabinet minutes on Metramac scandal to be declassified to clear his own name when he should have advocated a transparency policy on privatization as Finance Minister to protect public interest
Daim’s second statement yesterday failed to answer two important public-interest questions:
Regardless of the legal rights and wrongs of the disputing parties in the case about the Cheras toll concession which is being appealed to the Federal Court, Malaysians are entitled to know why their rights had not been given the topmost priority by the Cabinet.
Daim now claims that he was no more Finance Minister when the second concession agreement was signed between Metramac and DBKL on Feb. 13, 1992. The question is whether the terms of the second concession agreement was already agreed when he was still Finance Minister.
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, should not only declassify the Cabinet minutes about the Metramac scandal, but all documents about privatization contracts going back to the North-South Expressway privatization to United Engineers Malaysia (UEM) in the mid-eighties to start a new page of government transparency in Malaysia.
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman