Guan Eng: Why revive pipeline projects but not HSR?

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DAP has questioned why Putrajaya decided to revive the tainted Trans Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) and Multi-Product Pipeline (MPP) but chose to axe the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail (HSR) project.

“Questions will also be raised as to why the HSR project was not similarly revived. The government needs to come clean on the cause of this scandal of paying 88% for only 13% of unaudited work done, and the form of action taken against those responsible in the interest of transparency and accountability,” said the Bagan MP.

Lim said the revival of these projects have turned the spotlight on Malaysia paying S$102.8 million (RM320 million) in the form of compensation paid to Singapore for aborting the HSR project.

“Many questioned the wisdom of the government terminating the HSR project by stopping only in Johor Baru and not Singapore, as well as paying RM320 million loss in compensation cost despite its earlier public promise to continue with the HSR project,” he said.

“The HSR project is not financially viable if its rail line does not pass through to Singapore but stops in Johor Baru.” 

In a statement today, Lim said the rail project was not cancelled during the Pakatan Harapan administration but was instead stalled to allow time to re-evaluate the “exorbitant pricing” and cost structure agreed by the previous BN government.

The HSR project collapsed after the Muhyiddin administration could not agree with the original deal with Singapore. In doing so, Malaysia had to pay Singapore for the groundwork that had already begun.