发表于 20-4-2019 03:36 PM
Tun Daim Zainuddin is trying to give us the impression that he has successfully negotiated with China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) to get the price of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) to be reduced to RM44 billion from RM65.5 billion, a savings of RM21.5 billion.
Of course, the new specifications for the ECRL is a ‘scaled-down’ version of the original design. It is like buying a cheaper version of a Proton that has no air-conditioning, no radio, no power windows, 1300cc engine instead of 1600cc, etc. — not that the power windows on Protons work anyway (you still need to open your door to pay the toll on the PLUS Highway even when you have power-windows).
More importantly than that is the fact that, for the RM21.5 billion ‘discount’, CCCC is being given a total of around 4,500 acres of land at seven different industrial parks near the stations where the ECRL will stop.
Is this not what Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad referred to as “selling Malaysia to China”?
Originally, the State Economic Development Corporations (SEDCs) were supposed to establish these seven industrial parks around the stations to develop the area (that was the purpose of the ECRL in the first place). The ECRL would bring development to these industrial parks like what is happening with the high-speed rail in the UK (Manchester is now the fastest developing area in the UK).