Liow baffled by DAP MP's comments over airport construction

Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

PETALING JAYA - The Transport Ministry supported the proposal to audit KLIA2 when the matter was brought up in the Cabinet for approval, its minister said.

The nod, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said, was needed for the Auditor-General (A-G) to conduct the audit as the owner and manager of the airport, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), was a public-listed company.

The Cabinet then approved the audit proposal.

Liow noted that he had from the outset backed the Public Accounts Committee's (PAC) call for the audit, and so was baffled by "malicious and twisted" comments by DAP MP Tony Pua.

"I have backed the call for the A-G to conduct further investigations into the management of the construction and development of KLIA2.

"I agree that the Malaysian public have the right to demand answers on this matter," he said in a statement yesterday.

News portals reported that Pua had accused Liow of protecting those who had caused the cost of the airport to balloon to RM 4 billion (S$1.48 billion) from the initial estimate of RM1.7bil.

The DAP MP also reportedly said that Liow had refused to accept PAC's call for an in-depth audit despite having backed the suggestion earlier this year.

Liow said he did not dispute that additional costs were incurred.

"But these costs were the result of the scope and requirements in facilities and size which were reviewed and extended, given the additional needs of key stakeholders," he said.

Liow added that it had always been MAHB's responsibility to engage with PAC with transparency.

"MAHB must take the necessary action to shed light on the findings of the PAC and I expect them to resolve this as quickly as possible," he said.

Last November, PAC had urged the Government to order the A-G to carry out a full and thorough audit on KLIA2.

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