JOHOR BARU: Barisan Nasional's Datuk Jason Teoh, who is vying for the Iskandar Puteri parliamentary seat, says both the Rapid Transit System (RTS) and High Speed Rail (HSR) are initiated if Barisan wins GE15.
Teoh reminded that the people were forced to endure long traffic jams at two land crossings with Singapore and that it was during Pakatan Harapan's time that two major rail projects got delayed and one cancelled.
"When Pakatan came to power, they delayed the RTS project, while the HSR project was scrapped. We were even forced to pay compensation of more than RM300mil for the HSR.
"I find it strange that Pakatan candidate Liew Chin Tong is now supporting the speedy completion of the RTS to ease congestion," Teoh said during a press conference here on Monday (Nov 7).
"Liew should explain to voters why Pakatan stopped or delayed these important rail projects," he said, urging voters that it was important that both the state and Federal Government were aligned and from the same coalition.
He added that voters were fed up with constant traffic jams at checkpoints and should vent their frustration at Pakatan by voting out its candidate.
Teoh said after the Barisan government came back to power, the RTS project was put back on track and so far, 20% had been completed.
"The RTS project is vital as it will help with faster Immigration clearance as people only need to be checked in once," he said, adding that he was coming up with 15 pledges.
Among them are to improve the area's infrastructure, to set up a fund for youths, to help the disabled and to release fish into the ecosystem.
Teoh will be facing a three-cornered fight for the Iskandar Puteri constituency. Pakatan Harapan has fielded Johor opposition chief Liew while Jason Tan is from Perikatan Nasional.
The Iskandar Puteri parliamentary constituency is the second largest constituency in the state with 222,437 voters.