Najib slams Pakatan's double standards on ‘expensive projects’

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. -filepic

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has criticised Pakatan Harapan for condemning the projects which he had started but allowed its own costly projects to continue, such as the Pan Island Link 1 (PIL 1) highway project and the take-over of Syarikat Pengeluar Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (SPLASH).

The former prime minister said that the East Coast Railway Link (ECRL) project was constantly criticised as being a waste.

Najib also noted that Pakatan had alleged that the RM55bil cost for 688km, equivalent to RM80mil per km, was too expensive even though he said this figure included the cost of building 27 stations and a 50km tunnel that would provide benefits to five states.

He added that these states were known to be behind in development.

“It is strange when the Pakatan government is firm in constructing its mega projects such as PIL 1 which is 19.5km and cost RM7.5bil, or RM385mil per km, and the cost is now said to have increased to RM9bil or RM461mil per km.

“(This is) even though Penangites have objected against this project due to its high cost, saying that it was not needed,” he posted on his Facebook page on Monday (Aug 6).

He added that the Penang government had also sought RM1bil from the Federal Government for the start-up capital of the PIL 1 project.

Najib argued that the project, at RM461mil per km, was also more expensive than the RM161mil per km cost of the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) project.

He that DAP leaders had alleged in 2015 that the Kidex project was wasteful and had described it as “the most expensive highway in Malaysia”.

“It is strange when the Government wanted to purchase the private water company in Selangor for RM2.55bil, which is 10 times more expensive than the initial offered price, and gave RM1bil for the most expensive highway in Malaysia, but did not want to pay Felda settlers and fishermen their wages or increase the pay of government servants, and wanted to reduce the number of 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) recipients.

“This proves that the attacks and the allegations made before GE14 have successfully hid reality to fool the people,” he alleged.

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