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Netizens had a field day as they poked fun and questioned the confusion over the ECRL issue following the statement by Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and later by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. - NSTP/MOHAMAD SHAHRIL BADRI SAALI

KUALA LUMPUR: The confusion stemming from Lim Guan Eng’s statement that he was shocked by Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali’s statement over the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project has riled netizens.

They questioned how the two Cabinet ministers seemed to contradict each other on such an important announcement concerning a mega project which involved foreign direct investment.

Even former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak joined in the fray, chiding the Finance Minister and Economic Affairs Minister on their apparent break down in communication.

In a posting on his Facebook page, Najib attached phone numbers of the two ministries for Lim and Azmin’s reference.

"So it is true, they don't have a WhatsApp group. But since 1876, we have had telephones.

"Guan Eng, this is Azmin Ali's office number: 03-88727170.

"Azmin, this is Guan Eng's office number: 03-88823007.

"At least call once in a while," Najib posted.

Netizens, however, were more unforgiving and most questioned how each minister seemed to be living in their own kingdom.

One of those who commented under the username Simon, said:

“Why is LGE (Lim Guan Eng) lashing out at Azmin in public? Couldn’t he just call Azmin to ask directly?

“Is it because he did not get to announce first? What a brat!”

Another posting read: “LGE, if you can't disclose all, then don't say anything at all. You are creating more confusion.

“Sickening and flabbergasted. Are these two in the same cabinet or do they operate under a different PM at different times? Making a mockery of good and respectful governance. More a show of ego and self aggrandisement than public interest . Disgusting.”

SultanMydin posted: “Good Lord. What’s happening between these two warlords, one from PKR and the other DAP? Who are we to believe now.”

Another netizen going by the name SGC posted: “Boys, please get your act together. One cabinet meeting with reports of two directly opposite decision. What is happening?

“A matter of such importance deserves clearity and precision. The picture is beginning to unfold within the government between those who are working to clear the mess and make the country better and those who are continuously embarking on a path of politicking in the name of governance. We may be outsiders, but we can see what’s happening.”

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