Two sets of the RM46bn SRS Consortium transport proposal have been put up on public display at Dewan Sri Pinang in George Town for a month from today.
About 10 reporters were waiting at the venue to see who would show up, but no one else arrived to view the 20 volumes.
The documents are only available during working hours on weekdays. The viewing period falls smack on either side of the Lunar New Year festivities, when the last thing most people want to do is wade through 20 thick tomes.
After numerous calls to make the proposal public, this long overdue attempt at transparency is laudable. But these volumes now do not reflect the amendments made since SRS’ appointment as project delivery partner.
Moreover, it is absurd that those viewing these volumes still have to leave their cameras and smartphones outside. They have to sign a declaration form to say they will abide by these ridiculous terms. What is the big secret?
Also, in this IT era, there is no reason why the 20 volumes cannot be put online to make it easier for the public to access and parcel out the work and crowd-analyse the whole set.
Putting the volumes online would also facilitate scrutiny by international sustainable mobility experts, who will have a thing or two to say about this over-the-top RM46bn ‘Big Bang’ proposal.