KUALA LUMPUR - Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has debunked criticisms over the audit committee set up to look into problems in KLIA2, saying the critics misunderstood the Government's intention.
The target of the five-man committee, he said, was to investigate the airport's safety and security.
"It is not meant to solely answer queries from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)," he said.
On Friday, a news portal quoted PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed as saying the committee was a waste of resources as its task would be a repeat of the PAC's.
Last month, the PAC tabled its report on KLIA2, noting its shortcomings including unexpected cost increases.
KLIA2, which began operations on May 2, was lately plagued with reports of sinking and ponding.
This led to Friday's announcement that an audit committee will look into the matter.
"I think he (Nur Jazlan) misunderstood the ministry's intention," Liow told reporters after launching the Old-Rich Chinese ink painting exhibition at Pinkguy Malaysia Art and Frame yesterday.
"We want to ensure the runways are safe and planes are not landing on areas filled with water."
He said the team would also investigate allegations of fuel pipe leaks and sinking problems that could threaten passengers' safety.
Liow added that he had urged Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad to answer PAC's queries on KLIA2's alleged irregularities as soon as possible.
On the exhibition, Liow, who is MCA president, praised artist Prof Haw Chien for his paintings that featured ostriches and lychees, all drawn in classical Chinese styles.
"Ostriches and lychees are symbols of luxury in Chinese culture," he said."