This street is not paved with gold, but it's Malaysia's priciest


Harakahdaily, 12 November 2012

Nov 12: A short stretch of road linking the office of the Sabah Chief Minister to the state assembly in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, could just make it as Malaysia's most expensive road.


The road covering only 900 metres was officiated earlier this year by controversial chief minister Musa Aman, linking Menara Tun Mustapha which houses his office to the state legislative assembly, and is said to have been built at a cost of RM14.9 million.


A quick look by Harakahdaily's correspondent found that the road is two-directional, with one lane for each direction, without barriers or a road divider.


Depending on type and quality, the cost of constructing roads in Malaysia would normally not exceed RM1 million, according to industry sources. There have been allegations in the past of how the construction cost of roads and highways were bloated to accommodate kickbacks and middlemen in procuring road-building contracts from the government.


It is believed that prior to this, a member of parliament had demanded an explanation over the unusual cost, but no explanation had been so far given.


Gombak MP Azmin Ali, lamenting wasteful spending at the cost of East Malaysia's development, had earlier questioned the high cost of the road based on the figure provided by the state's Works Department.