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Old 26-05-2018, 09:18 PM   #1
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Mahathir: The terms and agreement for the HSR are such that if we decide to drop the project, it would cost us a lot of money. (Screenshot from The Edge TV)
PETALING JAYA (May 26): The government will find out how it can reduce the amount of money it has to pay to Singapore if it needs to drop the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"The terms and agreement for the HSR are such that if we decide to drop the project, it would cost us a lot of money. We have entered into an agreement with Singapore. If we break the agreement, we have to pay a very large sum of money," he told The Edge weekly.

The 350km HSR will have a proposed seven stops — Bandar Malaysia, Bangi-Putrajaya, Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat, and Iskandar Puteri — in Malaysia, and Jurong East in Singapore.

The HSR, which is worth RM100 billion, and the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, which has a contract value of RM60 billion, are two mega infrastructure projects cited by the 92-year-old premier as funded by a borrowing spree that had swelled the national debt to RM1 trillion.

The ECRL is expected to cost RM92 billion by the time it is paid off due to interest, said Mahathir.

"[Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak] knew very well that the ECRL, for example, is something we could not afford. It is not going to serve any purpose. It is not going to give us any returns. And yet, he went ahead and decided to build it.

"The government’s debt ceiling before was very much lower. But he [Najib] didn't care. What he did was he formed a body and then they borrowed. And eventually it [the borrowings] comes back to the government to pay," he said.

He called the previous government's attempt to rollout both multibillion-ringgit projects at once as "crazy".

"He didn't seem to think about how we were going to pay for all these," he said.

Mahathir added that the contract for the ECRL is "strange", as the terms state that the contractor must be from China while the borrowings of RM55 billion to fund the project must also come from the country.

Moreover, the funds must also be kept abroad to pay the contractor, who will be paid based on a pre-determined timetable and not progress of work done.

The ECRL is also being undertaken by state-owned contractor China Communications Construction Co Ltd while the loan is being provided by Export & Import Bank of China.

He added that the government will renegotiate the terms of the ECRL.
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Old 26-05-2018, 09:54 PM   #2
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Old 27-05-2018, 05:04 AM   #3
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Think price of water will come next.........
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Old 27-05-2018, 03:10 PM   #4
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Think price of water will come next.........
dragon will need to go across again veri soon 😆😆😆
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Old 27-05-2018, 07:20 PM   #5
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Jurong estate prices got affected ?
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Old 28-05-2018, 08:30 PM   #6
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"We need to do away with some of the unnecessary projects, for example the high-speed rail, which is going to cost us 110 billion ringgit (S$37 billion) and will not earn us a single cent. That will be dropped," Mahathir Mohamad told the Financial Times.
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Old 29-05-2018, 12:30 AM   #7
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Wonder why project with Singapore is the first one to get chopped ?? Pinky's visit to Dr M useless ??
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Old 29-05-2018, 12:46 AM   #8
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Wonder why project with Singapore is the first one to get chopped ?? Pinky's visit to Dr M useless ??
A visit is not worth spending billions
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A visit is not worth spending billions
His bet on Hillary Clinton, Najib all backfired.......
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Old 29-05-2018, 01:42 PM   #10
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Singapore close down a 3 decade Jurong Country Club to make way for this HSR ...... I think we need to push for compensation in accordance to the agreement

But our govt will most likely waive or accept a token sum from Malaysia, citing diplomatic reasons

Always like that, create a big hoo haa when it comes to politics with opposition parties but suck thumb when dealing with other countries
Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia
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