Anwar: ECRL needs a relook after court told it was mooted to save 1MDB

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 05 Sep 2019

SUBANG JAYA: A review of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project is now necessary after a witness in the ongoing 1MDB trial told the court that it was mooted by the previous administration to bail out 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar, who is PKR president, said there was a need to relook into the terms and negotiations surrounding the ECRL project, which the Pakatan Harapan government had renegotiated with China.

"Based on this evidence, we need to review the facts.

"This was considered during the period of negotiations. We were quite aware but we had no evidence.

"Now, we have evidence. We need to relook into the whole discussion, terms and negotiations," he said when met at the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Forum at a hotel here on Thursday (Sept 5).

The testimony was given at the High Court by Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin, ex-special officer to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, on Wednesday (Sept 4) during the 1MDB trial.

Besides the ECRL project, Amhari said the Multi-Product Pipeline (MPP) and the Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP), both of which had been terminated, were also proposed to save 1MDB.

In a separate development, Anwar said PKR leaders who had been absent from the party's monthly meetings should attend these if they wanted to discuss issues.

He also disagreed that the party was split into two factions, as claimed by PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin.

"That's what they consider (two factions) but I think the party is moving in the right direction.

"Of course, it's not 100%. I don't see any real problems.

"Some people are disgruntled, that's fair. But people can come and discuss," he said.

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