Crime & Courts

Man fails in bid to sue government over HSR cancellation

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian man has failed in his bid to sue the government over the cancellation of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project and to seek RM1 million compensation for all Malaysian citizens.

High Court Judicial Commissioner Roz Mawar Rozain struck out the lawsuit filed by Mohd Hatta Sanuri from Tanjung Karang against two former prime ministers, several ministers and the government.

Roz Mawar ruled that Hatta had no locus standi to commence the suit and it was an abuse of court process.

She also ordered Hatta to pay RM10,000 in cost.

On Jan 20, Hatta filed the suit at the High Court.

In his statement of claim, he said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin were negligent and had committed the tort of misfeasance in public office when they were the prime ministers.

He claimed Dr Mahathir's decision to postpone before Muhyiddin decided to terminate the project had caused the country to pay compensation to Singapore involving millions of ringgit.

He claimed the cancellation of the project also had caused the loss of foreign investors' confidence.


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