Friday, July 14, 2006

Declassification of Crooked Bridge's Documents

Well, first we had our preview from the flip-flop paper-turned-teenage blog, NST, which removed the press statement, after learning the magic trick from The Star.

Then, at around 4pm Malaysian time, the PMO's officially released a press statement on the declassification of the crooked bridge's documents. I won't bother to C&P the whole long thing, so read all about it here, here, and here.

Some interesting quotes:

This is only the second time in recent history that information protected by the Official Secrets Act 1972 has been declassified and approved for public consumption - an indication of the Government's seriousness in wanting the people who voted it into power to have the full facts, so that they can appreciate why the Government decided to abort the bridge project.

Did I just hear someone puked? This is still far from the Freedom of Information Act (if there's going to be any at all; eh, even Zimbabwe also got). Petronas, eh?

Another one:

With so much uncertainly, it made sense for the Government to take a step back and do the right thing. Running the government is not about scoring points or engaging in brinkmanship. It is about weighing the pros and cons and reaching a decision that is good for Malaysia.

Pros and cons? Is the weighing even being done yet? Nope. Two months later, we'll know, it seems. Some say it costs more to cancel than to build it.

Personally, I for myself is unfazed whether the bridge was built or not. I am more interested of how our revenues from the gifts of the Earth and our hard-earned taxpayer's fund are being spent.

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