DURING Pakatan Harapan’s administration, many mega projects were cancelled or put on hold. The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) link was also put on review without a conclusive outcome.
Hence, it is natural that Pakatan should take the biggest blame for the conundrum we are in today. Not to mention, Lim Guan Eng’s current charade of finding fault only serves to highlight Pakatan’s incompetence.
Lim is the textbook example of an ineffective Opposition, only objecting for the sake of objecting, and singing different tunes when not in power.
Since Lim suggests that the ministers responsible for making the recommendation to terminate the HSR should resign to take responsibility, he himself should also take responsibility as one of Pakatan's Cabinet ministers.
Formerly the finance minister in Pakatan's administration, Lim had repeatedly defended the stance of then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the issue.
Yet after becoming the Opposition, he claimed that it would be better to restart the project rather than paying compensation, contradicting his previous statements when he was still a minister, and conveniently forgetting Pakatan's role in creating this fiasco.
Lim agreed to pay compensation rather than continuing the HSR project. From the initial compensation of RM45mil to delay the project to the RM320mil for terminating the project, these became necessary because Pakatan decided to delay the HSR project.
Lim should refrain from accusing the government for the sake of scoring cheap political points, considering that Pakatan were the ones who first gave rise to the problem.
DATUK LEONG KIM SOON