Najib Razak slammed Dr Mahathir Mohamad who considered the recent Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project to be canceled as insignificant and not worth it.
The Pekan MP, on the other hand, said that Mahathir did not know the plight of the people who had to commute daily from Malaysia to Singapore to work.
“This is the case of people who have never sat in a car to travel from KL to Singapore or do not know the Johor embankment is often crowded.
“Try asking those who live in Muar or Batu Pahat who work in Singapore that they only save 15 minutes with HSR (30 minutes). Ask also the people of Melaka, they only save 15 minutes to go to Kuala Lumpur by HSR (40 minutes), “he said in a post on Facebook.
Earlier, Mahathir was reported to have said that the project could wait another 10 or 30 years to be implemented.
He said, the distance traveled by the train is only 230km and the total time that can be saved is around 50 minutes.
“Save 15 minutes compared to what? Compared to boarding the private jet of his son and his cronies or boarding the national airplane of the Pakatan Harapan gagalkrasi project? ” Najib’s question.
He described HSR as important because it complemented the vision of Asean integration when the two most important capitals in the region were connected.
Apart from that, he said, the project would also make Malaysia part of the Asian high-speed rail network.
“Apart from facilitating the people’s journey, HSR is important because it will boost the Malaysian economy and tourism sector and attract foreign investment which will generate 110,000 jobs and provide a profit of more than RM6 billion annually to the country.”
On Jan 1, the governments of Malaysia and Singapore confirmed the cancellation of the HSR after the postponement period ended 31 Dec 2020.
Singapore Transport Ministry said Malaysia had to pay compensation to the republic for the financing it incurred as part of its obligations under the bilateral agreement signed in 2016.