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Najib defends high-speed train project, says Dr. M more fond of flying car

Published on: Thursday July 21, 2022

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Former Prime Minister Najib Razak said last week that the country was lagging behind its neighbors and blamed it on the Pakatan Harapan government’s decision to cancel major projects such as the high-speed rail (HSR). (photo Bernama)

PETALING JAYA: Former Prime Minister Najib Razak has championed the High Speed ​​Rail (HSR) project from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, saying it will advance the country’s development. cities was “too short”. “It’s a good thing that Mahathir is not the prime minister of Indonesia or Thailand because their high-speed rail projects, which have been approved, are much shorter,” he said in a Facebook post.

Najib said the distances for the HSR projects in Indonesia and Thailand were 142 km from Jakarta to Bandung and 253 km from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima respectively. He pointed out that the HSR line between KL and Singapore would be 350 km long. “Mahathir does not seem to understand that the KL-Singapore aviation sector is one of the busiest in the world. The demand is high and the high-speed train between the two cities will be profitable,” he said. The MP for Pekan said the project would further develop the southern states of the peninsula and boost the tourism sector, as Singapore was an international aviation hub.

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The HSR electric train would also reduce air pollution and reduce fares, he added. “Unfortunately, Mahathir seems more inclined to focus our resources on third national and flying car projects,” he said. Najib was responding to Mahathir, who blamed him for accepting “stupid deals” and “overpriced projects” during his tenure, which caused the country to lag behind its neighbours. The Pejuang president asked Najib to ask Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob why Malaysia was still lagging behind its neighbors now that Umno was in power.

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Last week, Najib said the country was lagging behind its neighbors and blamed it on the Pakatan Harapan government’s decision to cancel many projects. He had claimed that the cancellations were politically motivated and made out of spite.
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Jose P. Rogers