Thursday, September 07, 2006

Musa Aman gives Sipadan Go-Ahead. What's His Game Now?

Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman has given the go-ahead for the construction of tourist facilities on the eco-sensitive diving haven of Sipadan. However, the project will be scaled down.

Instead of a RM5mil clubhouse, he said the state government has decided to only provide basic facilities like rest huts, a sewage system, showers, toilets and staff quarters for 30 Sabah Parks and security personnel based on the island. This would all cost not more than RM2mil.

“If possible, we would want the entire project to cost less than RM1.5mil,” Musa told reporters.

Musa said once the Prime Minister gives his approval for the tourism facilities the state government would appoint a contractor to carry out the job that would take about four to six months to complete. Aha! That magic C-word again. Contractor. Ultimately that is what it's all about. Contract out work and reap what they've sown or at least a part of it.

What happened to the earlier reversal when Musa got hammered left, right and centre regarding this very project? I'm sure over the next few days the papers and blogs should have some interesting reports on this.

For now here is an earlier post as a refresher: Now Even small fry musa aman Disobeys Pak Lah.
Update on the above: Sipadan's RM1.5 Mln Tourism Boost Gets Thumbs Up


Blogger shanghaistephen said...

'Contract out work and reap what they've sown or at least a part of it'.
Thats the perfect way to put it, Malaysian!And this talk about keeping the costs below RM1.5million is just a cushion to fall back on IF the cost does exceed the initial quote.Of course there will be a hundred 'hidden' inevitable costs that we tax payers have to absorb, eventually.

Come to think of it,... who actually cares to wait for the PM's approval huh ?There IS already a "contractor" appointed, my friend.No need to pretend-lah, Dato Musa Aman.

8:09 AM GMT+8  
Blogger perlisan said...

The Malaysian, as I have said previously, most of the MPs & politicians donot respect/heed our PM's advice or warnings. This is another typical case.
More examples? Recent UMNO youth demonstration in Penang in his presence. He has lost control of his Party.

Ironically, it seems that only our MCA & Gerakan would obey & follow his advice/warnings.

8:49 AM GMT+8  
Blogger toniXe said...

..beginning of the end...4 AB

I suppose

10:02 AM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

shanghaistephen, I think even the original figure of RM5 million is just plain baloney. When the final tally comes in it will be a far higher bounty for Musa Aman and his contractors.
perlisan, if the small fries don't heed the word of the big man then who is to blame? As for MCA and Gerakan or for that matter all non-Umno parties, they pretty much have no other choice.
tonixe, whether the end is nigh or not depends a lot on how Pak Lah continues to tolerate disobedience. If he starts to wield the big stick now, it may whip them into shape. Who knows.

10:21 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? Awhile ago, Musa said he'd send Chong Ka Kiat to do the explaination on the environmental unfriendly construction at the island when PM ordered to stop the project. Now, Musa personally gave a go ahead, what's the implication? It's not how much it costs, but why construction work is allowed? If construction work is allowed, why then the original structure needed to be dismantled?

6:58 PM GMT+8  

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