While Penang Forum’s Better, Cheaper, Faster transport framework is now available for public scrutiny on the bettercheaperfaster.my website, the proposal put forward by SRS Consortium is still under wraps.
The SRS proposal, which is in 20 volumes, is only accessible by Penang Transport Council members at a small room in Komtar. As a council member, I have to make an appointment before going to Komtar and make sure someone is around to unlock the room.
I have to sign in and leave my phone on a desk outside the room. No photographs are allowed. I can only scribble down notes as quickly as possible. It is not easy to wade through 20 volumes in such a confined space with limited time.
After a long delay, the executive summary of the SRS proposal was finally made available to transport council members at our last meeting.
Much to my concern, the words “STRICTLY for Penang Transport Council only” was stamped in large letters on EVERY page of the executive summary. This is ridiculous.
Why the big secret under an administration that touts Competence, Accountability and Transparency? What happened to the promise to make the SRS proposal public?
What is the point of making it public just before or worse, after the project delivery partner agreement has been signed – when it cannot be revoked without predictable laments about having to pay massive compensation?
When is the SRS proposal going to be put online for public scrutiny?