If past records are anything to go by, this may well end up as yet another high-profile or even controversial issue.
It is only natural for anyone to tie the Malaysia-Singapore High-Speed rail to the other so-called ‘mega’ projects which among them includes the 1MDB. In a latest report the Ministry of Transport of Singapore has voiced its ‘surprise’ that the SPAD (Land Public Transport Commission) that it preferred to have the HRR terminate at the current CIQ (Customs, Immigration and Quarantine) complex in Johor Bahru and not Jurong East as it was agreed earlier.
If that is the case, then the HSR might as well not happen because it was supposed to benefit both countries. It seems to look like Malaysia is only one going to benefit.
To begin with, it was first agreed and announced during a joint press conference by the two Prime Ministers but if there is a U-turn now, then it will surely going to leave a bad taste on the mouth. Mohd Nur Ismal Mohd Kamal, the CEO of SPAD said during an interview that a project this size will have a lot of issues to be finalized but Malaysia is from the standpoint that the HSR line should end at CIQ because it was ‘closer to Orchard Road’ than the originally-intended Jurong East stop.
Perhaps he did not take into account passengers who need to go through customs and all that.
This is classic case of those who think they know best. It is the way our officials are. Making statements which they think would benefit everyone but sounded all too selfish.