Netizen 24 MYS: 'HSR cancellation was agreed upon earlier'

By On June 01, 2018

'HSR cancellation was agreed upon earlier'

All smiles: Dr Mahathir and Anwar attending the press conference at Yayasan Selangor.

All smiles: Dr Mahathir and Anwar attending the press conference at Yayasan Selangor.

PETALING JAYA: The announcement to cancel Malaysia-Singapore’s High-Speed Rail project did not pre-empt the Cabinet decision, as it was agreed upon by Pakatan Harapan earlier.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the decision to cancel the HSR was done by Pakatan Harapan from the “very beginning”, as it was in its manifesto.

“We campaigned on that issue and won’t move away from the party’s d ecision just because I couldn’t form a Cabinet soon enough,” he told reporters yesterday.

On Monday, he announced that the HSR project would be axed, but noted that it would take some time due to the agreement with Singa­pore.

However, Transport Minister Anthony Loke said later that the decision on whether or not to drop the project was not discussed in the Cabinet meeting.

Singapore’s Transport Ministry issued a statement yesterday, saying: “In the event that Malaysia terminates the project, Singapore will study the implications and exercise our rights (including any right to compensation for expenses incur­red) in accordance with the terms of the HSR bilateral agreement.

“We have informed the Malay­sian Government that Singapore is continuing to incur costs on this project as it awaits Malaysia’s clarification.”

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir gave assurance that the Government would remain “business friendly” and fair to all investors. < /p>

“Local or foreign investors will be treated the same way and if there is a problem, it will be attended to. We will stick to the rule of law. The law is plain and obvious for everyone to see,” he said.

Asked about his recent meeting with Indian Prime Minister Naren­dra Modi, he said it was a “good meeting”.

Dr Mahathir expressed interest in India’s way of going cashless and eliminating middlemen when it came to procurement for the government.

“When they want to procure something for the government, they go online and the supplier deals directly with the government.

“There are no other people in between,” he added.

Dr Mahathir also confirmed that the toll collection for a portion of the highway from the Sungai Besi toll plaza to the Old Klang Road interchange had ceased.

“The agreement states that on May 31, the toll will stop being collected in that small area. From now on, there will be no toll charges, but we need to co mpensate PLUS (Malaysia Bhd) for that part which belongs to them.

“We have not discussed other things about PLUS,” he added.

PLUS said it would no longer be collecting any toll along this route on behalf of Metramac, the concessionaire of Sungai Besi Expressway.

“The discontinuance of this toll charge is due to the conclusion of the Metramac Expressway Conces­sion period on May 31, 2018, as scheduled,” said PLUS in a statement yesterday.

On the RM30bil Langkawi New City project, Dr Mahathir said it was up to the state government to decide on the matter, adding: “This is a project in Kedah, so it will be dealt with by the state.”

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