PUTRAJAYA : Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says that he is "puzzled" why Tunku Ismail Ibrahim, the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, is unaware of the ship-to-ship hub to be built in waters off Johor Baru.
He said many people in the state already knew of the project, which had been discussed since last year.
"I'm puzzled that he doesn't know. He knows a lot of things yet he doesn't know about this," said Dr Mahathir on Tuesday.
He was responding to questions on the project after witnessing the signing of an agreement between KA Petra Sdn Bhd and Hutchison Ports Holidgs Ltd
Under the agreement, KA Petra and Hutchison Ports will jointly develop the world's largest ship-to-ship transfer hub in Johor Baru waters.
Dr Mahathir also denied claims that Johor Menteri Besar Osman Sapian was unaware of the project.
"I met him yesterday (April 1) and we spoke about this. So he knows," he said, adding that the project would be beneficial to the country.
On Sunday (March 31), Tunku Ismail had shared a Facebook post by Gerakan Muafakat Johor, which accused Putrajaya for bulldozing the project through without the knowledge of the Johor government.