TTF: Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook’s claim today (see news item below) that the government needed more time to examine the cost of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project adds to the existing pile of evidence that suggests the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration is moving the country backward, not forward.
Ever since coming to power, the DAP controlled PH administration under Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has criticised just about every project initiated by the previous Barisan Nasional administration and has either scrapped, stalled or attempted to renegotiate transportation related projects for no rhyme or reason.
The impression given is that the projects are all fraught with corruption, cronyism and cost related issues when all the government has done thus far is talk, talk and talk, without so much as giving Malaysians a glimpse of cost breakdowns and the complete profiles of companies involved to prove its case.
It’s much like the failed RM1 trillion lie that Mahathir and Lim Guan Eng tried to smother the Malaysian conscience with from the moment the 14th general election (GE14) results were announced.
Not only did the foremost of credit rating corporations rubbish the claim, Malaysians were puzzled how Guan Eng could keep harping on the figure as if it were the truth when the numbers Bank Negara had on its books crunched far lower values.
If we continue to pursue this course, our country is set to bleed financially once foreign nations and investors put it in their heads that the Malaysian government is run by a band of misfits whose policies and attitudes are bilaterally detrimental.
As it is, the Mahathir administration has bombed diplomatically with neighbouring economic giants who’re pissed as hell with the Prime Minister’s overly conceited position on foreign relations and are gradually pulling away their commitments from this country.
Yes, Malaysia is finally going to the dogs.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has requested for a six-month extension from Singapore before making a decision on the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said today that the extension request until September was to enable the government to examine several issues, including the cost of implementing the project.
“We are asking for more time from the Singapore government for us to study other options.
“Of course, we are looking at the cost of the project, and how we can reduce (the cost) further and how we will utilise the project,” he said at the Parliament lobby here.
The project, which connects Bukit Chagar in Johor to Woodlands, Singapore, is expected to ferry up to 10,000 passengers per hour each way. –