Consumer Advocate Jacob George Slams Singapore Straits Times For Spin On Singapore -KL Rail Link!
Consumerist: Singapore Straits Times Wrong – Singapore – KL Rail Link A Colossal Wastage And Political Blunder If Initiated!
When the much talk about double track project was initiated there was the same euphoria and spins of major travel break through, of commerce and travel increasing of huge multi tier benefits for all and sundry!
Many tiers from politicians, contractors, industry captains, brokers, broker-ministers, members of the press got on the act as they managed the project heightening people’s expectation!
Not to forget the many ‘twist and turns’ by the then politicians upsetting India and favoring crony Malaysian contractors before another Prime Minister reversed certain decisions and awarded a portion of the said project back but not without anxiety and red faces in diplomatic circles!
Now in 2013 all we see and hear of is of cost over-runs, multi millions made off by crony contractors their political and managerial handlers and others building their political war chest!
I should know having in-depth knowledge of many of these unfortunate tales.
Now we see the same kind of spin, energy, euphoria, political diarrhea and foaming from industry captains, politicians and others out to make another fast multi millions without assessing financial exposure and collateral damage to other stakeholders in the transportation business!
So it is utter big time poppycock and bullshit that the planned multimillion ringgit KL-Singapore high-speed rail link is going to be anything but another cash cow for vested interest groups, crony industry captains and pseudo politicians not the average consumer interest!
The truth is it is more favorable to Singapore than Malaysia by all counts!
Singapore Straits Times can spin for all they want that:
* the spin-off benefits of a completed rail link would be felt in many areas besides trade, investment, services, tourism and leisure:
* that it will transform the way people interact, the intensity of our co-operation and the degree to which we become interdependent on each other and therefore have stakes on each other’s success
* that it will bolster already improved economic ties between the two nations.
Worst the Straits times had the audacity to suggest any form of alternative view on such a mammoth financial endeavor would be ‘hostile’ and ‘politically motivated’ or hold ‘the ‘project hostage to their political agenda’ – whatever that means in the layman’s language in Malaysia!
If this is not the height of arrogance I wonder what is!
I must remind the Singapore Straits Times that in Malaysia we still have environmental Impact Assessment studies and public interests to take cognizance!
As far as I am concerned, this project is politically motivated, it will enrich connected cronies from both sides of the causeway, positions Malaysian interest far below that of Singapore and only be a boon financial and otherwise to those already enriched by such bourgeoisie schemes which is a sheer wastage of both private and public funds and ultimately destroy the rights and interests of other stakeholders in the transportation business here!