KUALA LUMPUR: The government implemented high-impact projects to spur the economy to raise the people’s living standard, not like the opposition who want to cancel these projects just to suit their political agenda.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the opposition did not think about the effects on the nation’s economy and the people’s interests if they cancelled these projects.
He further explained that Malaysia needed such projects to boost economic growth particularly in areas that are developing for economic spin offs and job opportunities for the locals.
Among the projects were the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), Kuala Lumpur–Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR), Pan Borneo Highway, Bandar Malaysia, Tun Razak Exchange, Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Pengerang and KL118, he said.
“This is because the government hopes that development can be enjoyed throughout the country by all layers of society,” he said in his blog www.najibrazak.com today.
However, Najib who is the Finance Minister said the opposition wanted to abort these high-impact projects if they were to come into power.
He stressed that if this was to happen, 2.2 million job opportunities would be lost including for skilled workers where the salary is above RM3,000.
He said by cancelling the ECRL, states in the east coast will not get development on par with the Klang Valley.
“This factor has caused the income of people in the east coast states difficult to be raised.
“In fact, foreign investors will also lose confidence in Malaysia for arbitrarily aborting development projects that are key to economic growth and job opportunities for Malaysians,” he said. - Bernama