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Construction clean-up
Emmanuel Samarathisa | 11 Jan 2019 00:30
The twin factors of government largesse for public contracts as well as political connections were oftcited reasons for many construction counters taking a hit post the May 9 general election when Pakatan Harapan (PH) defeated Barisan Nasional for the first time in history.

This was primarily because PH campaigned against political patronage and the coalition made good on its promise. Just weeks after coming into power, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced a slew of project reviews with the most notable being the Light RailTransit 3 (LRT3) and Mass Rapid Transit 2 (MRT2), the Chinalinked East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), and the Pan Borneo Highway.

However, while there were expectations that these projects would be shelved due to cost overruns, the government decided to greenlight them, albeit scaled down. All eyes are certainly on the government, including Mahathir and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, to deliver these projects at the best value for money for the people.

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