Revive HSR project, don’t pay Singapore RM320mil, Guan Eng tells govt

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today encouraged the public authority to restore the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project.

This comes following the stunning choice of the public authority to restore the RM9.4 billion Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) and Multi-Product Pipeline (MPP) projects, where as per Lim, 88% or RM8.3 billion of the development esteem has effectively been paid regardless of just 13% of the work being finished.

“Following the recovery of this multi-billion ringgit project in Sabah that was rejected by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) organization in 2018, questions will be raised regarding why the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project was not comparatively restored,” he said.

The rail route project was hacked out on Jan 1, with Malaysia paying Singapore RM320 million in remuneration as a feature of its commitments under the respective arrangement.

In the mean time, a review into the proposed HSR project connecting Kuala Lumpur and Iskandar Puteri in Johor has been finished and will be submitted to the Cabinet.

Notwithstanding, the Bagan MP said the public authority ought to restore the first venture as opposed to paying the pay.

“The recovery of these shocking activities has turned the focus on Malaysia paying RM320 million as remuneration to Singapore for cutting short the task.

“Many inquiry the insight of the public authority in ending the HSR line at Johor Bahru rather than in Singapore, regardless of the previous guarantee to proceed with the first HSR plan,” he said in an assertion.

He added that the first HSR venture would have carried financial advantages to states like Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, and the Klang Valley from the nearer ties through the immediate fast connection between different towns and urban communities in these states just as with the island republic.

He likewise rejected that the previous PH government, wherein he was the money serve, had scrutinized the reasoning for the KL-Singapore HSR project, in the wake of assuming control over Putrajaya in May 2018.

“We simply needed to relook at the over the top estimating and the expense structure consented to by the past Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

“Be that as it may, presently, the HSR project isn’t monetarily reasonable in the event that it doesn’t go through Singapore however rather stops in Johor Bahru.

“There is no question that Johor, Melaka and Negeri Sembilan will be the best failures from the dropped HSR project,” he added.

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