PETALING JAYA: The Crown Prince of Johor has weighed in on the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High-Speed Rail (HSR), stating that Malaysia should not withdraw from the project.
The HSR is a 350km railway linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and is expected to start operations from 2026.
In an exclusive interview, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim told Channel NewsAsia that he views it as a very positive project and that in his personal opinion it should continue.
“I think it’s a very, very positive project that we should continue because it will not only help Johor but also Singapore.
“It will boost the economy in Johor, maybe to have more foreign investment coming in,” he said.
However, Tunku Ismail said it was “up to the Government” of Malaysia whether to proceed with the project.
“There’s nothing I can do because at the end of the day it’s between the governments,” he added.
In response to a query on how the project may affect Malaysia’s national debt, Tunku Ismail said that at the end of the day, “they are the government”.
“They should judge what is necessary and what’s not necessary. It’s not my place and not my position to know what’s the financial status of the country,” he said.
On his first day as Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng had confirmed Malaysia’s debt was now above RM1 trillion.
The Pakatan Harapan government has prioritised the reduction of the said debt, stating that it will review mega projects initiated by the previous administration to cut federal debt and liabilities.
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