KUALA LUMPUR: A Barisan Nasional (BN) MP today challenged Tony Pua (PH-Damansara) to file a motion against former prime minister Najib Razak over the actual cost of the Light Rail Transit 3 (LRT3) project.
Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak) said Pua should file a motion against the former prime minister if the cost of building the LRT3 was higher than the RM9 billion that was stated by Najib.
Pua, however, said he could not do so as the statement was made outside of the Dewan Rakyat.
The issue was raised when Pua, while debating the royal address, said the cost of building the LRT3 was much higher than RM9 billion.
Pua said there were a lot of hidden costs such as land acquisition, consultancy and interest rates that were not included.
Tajuddin said if Pua felt Najib did not state the actual figure, then he should file a motion.
“If he had confused the Dewan, file a motion against him. Raise a motion that Pekan (MP) confused the Dewan.”
However, Pua said he could only file the motion if Najib made the same statement in the Dewan Rakyat.
Pua had recently questioned Najib, who was the former finance minister, if he was “so incompetent, ignorant, clueless and irresponsible” that he was unaware that the cost of the LRT3 project was getting out of control.
In a media interview, Najib had denied the RM31.65 billion price tag in response to a statement by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Lim said that Prasarana Malaysia, which is undertaking the project, had in 2015, secured a government guarantee for a RM10 billion bond facility to fund the LRT3 project.
On March 30, Prasarana requested for an additional RM22 billion in government guarantees to ensure funding for the construction and completion of the LRT3 project.
Earlier this month, Lim said the total cost of the LRT3 project had been reduced by 47% from RM31.65 billion to RM16.63 billion, saving Malaysians a total of RM15.02 billion.