Monday’s drama in Parliament featuring former Second Minister of Finance, Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah, as the main actor was actually about the RM2 billion New Pantai Expressway (NPE) extension project.
Of course, Husni could not admit this, so he told the press he was just concerned about Malaysia and about the future of the country.
An outraged Husni going all out to attack the Prime Minister Najib Razak and the government for rejecting his RM2 billion highway project.
New Pantai Expressway Sdn Bhd is a subsidiary of IJM Corporation Berhad and this is what Wikipedia said about the NPE:
“The New Pantai Expressway (NPE) is a major expressway in the Klang Valley region of Malaysia. The 19.6 km (12.2 miles) expressway has provided an easier access to Kuala Lumpur from Subang Jaya and Bandar Sunway to avoid the traffic jams on the Federal Highway Route 2 during rush hour. It comprises the main Link and the Salak Link.”
The NPE was officially opened on Apr 30, 2004 and, seven years later, on Apr 1, 2011, the Malaysian government approved in principle the extension of the highway, which was estimated to cost about RM1 billion or so at that time.
One year later, however, in June 2012, the government did a u-turn and scrapped its plans for the proposed extension.
New Pantai Expressway Sdn Bhd then appealed to the government and, after waiting for four years, yesterday, on the morning of Oct 24, 2016, the government rejected the appeal and maintained its decision to scrap the extension that would now cost about RM2 billion.
This outraged Husni, who sent this very nasty message to the Cabinet Minister concerned:
“Tak apa kita serah pada Allah. Kita berdoa semoga Allah letakkan pemimpin2 yang ada digniti dan integriti demi kesejahteraan negara. Dah jadi kelaziman…untuk mempertahankan diri..mereka akan reka pelbagai cerita. Saya tak buka mulut lagi…baru 1% sahaja cerita yang keluar. Saya boleh keluarkan 5%, 10%, 30%, 50%, 75% dan 100%. Semua maklumat dalam tangan saya. Jangan main foul…nanti terbongkar semua cerita.”
This was basically Husni’s warning to Prime Minister Najib that he had not even started yet and can reveal so much more that can damage the government.
The fact that cabinet ministers take an oath of secrecy and confidentiality on being sworn into office does not seem to concern Husni one bit.
I suppose Husni felt that Najib would never dare allow the police to arrest him under the Official Secrets Act.
I can imagine Husni getting very upset considering how lucrative a cash-cow NPE is.
Husni thought that Najib would approve the project just to keep him quiet and to stop him from singing like a canary.
Husni did not expect the government to reject the project and risk him opening his mouth and attacking Najib.
When politicians said that they were just concerned about the country, worried about the future of Malaysia and sacrificing (korban) “demi untuk bangsa, agama dan negara” (for race, religion and country), ask him or her how many billion ringgits were they talking about … Read More