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Make Public Highway Concession Agreements

We, members of the National Coalition for a Freedom of Information Act, condemn the Prime Minister’s threat to prosecute Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) under the Official Secrets Act for revealing to the public the LDP Concessionaire Agreement.

The Prime Minister’s threat, reported in the New Straits Times on Jan 10, contradicts his promise to uphold an open, transparent and accountable government. His latest threat to take action against whistleblowers casts doubt on the sincerity of his call to the people to tell him the truth.

The public has a right to know the content of the agreement between the government and highway builder LITRAK. The government, as the trustee of tax payers’ money should recognize, and not criminalize, this right.

Little access to information and poor explanations from the government only aggravate public dissatisfaction. The lack of transparency can also decrease people’s faith that the government is acting in the public interest, rather than in particular or sectoral interests.

We urge the Prime Minister to immediately make public all the highway concession agreements and translate his pledge of transparency to people by enacting a Freedom of Information Act, through a parliamentary select committee to review all media-related legislations.

Endorsed by:
Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA)
Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (KOMAS)
All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
Writers’ Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)

For more information please call FOI Coordinator Yi Xing at 03 4023 0772  

Source: CIJ 

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - Posted by | Commentary, Economy, Issues, Politics

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