By OMAR RIDZUAN
MALAYSIA is a fast-rising nation and to symbolise its successes, it has built several landmark projects.
These include national and strategic landmarks such as the Petronas Twin Towers, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and of course, the hotly debated Plus.
The question right now is, should Plus be sold to another party?
Plus or Projek Lebuhraya Utara Selatan is a national icon and is one of the country’s many successful achievements.
Plus was built for the rakyat and is owned by the rakyat.
Thus Plus is a strategic asset for the country and the rakyat commemorating our progress and should not be sold to a third party.
Plus is a strategic asset taking care of the rakyat’s welfare by keeping toll rates low and affordable to the rakyat?
Plus said on Friday that it has not increased toll rates for 14 years.
This shows how important Plus is to the rakyat and it should stay with the rakyat.
Besides, if Plus is sold, there is a risk that it will not be managed properly.
As an example, Tan Sri Halim Saad is one of the many suitors for the highway.
Nobody knows the reasons why he wants to buy Plus.
It is said that Halim is eyeing Plus because his own business ventures are not doing well.
How can he harbours such ambitions when his own company is not doing well.
In a filing to Bursa Malaysia on Friday, Sumatec Resources Berhad, a company owned by Halim said its shares will be suspended indefinitely.
Sumatec is a financially distressed company and Plus should not risk its reputation and future of the rakyat with other companies other than itself.
Therefore Plus is a national icon and should remain in the ownership of the rakyat.
Plus should never be sold.