Najib wants an RCI on ECRL and gas pipeline projects

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KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has called for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the three China-linked projects approved during his administration. These include the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), and the two Strategic Energy Resources (SSER) pipeline projects. He said the government should initiate the RCI to determine “if there is any wrongdoing.” "The people deserve to know if the decision to cancel the projects was based on reasonable and solid grounds, and not made out of anger towards the past Barisan Nasional (BN) government or China which has refused to bow to Pakatan Harapan's demands," he said. Najib said this in his latest Facebook post. He also called on the government to reveal all agreements, feasibility studies, economic impact assessments and cost-benefit analysis so that the people can determine if Putrajaya should continue or scrap the projects. “Until this is done, I am sad and disappointed that the people in the east coast will lose out on a development project which was aimed at boosting the economy in their states to be on par with the west coast.” Touching on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s comment on the “stupidity” of Najib’s government in negotiating contracts and deals which the government was now trying to untangle. Najib said contracts negotiated with Chinese companies actually had exit clauses. “This is unlike all the Independent Power Producer (IPP) concession agreements or the toll agreements which were signed during Dr Mahathir’s time. “We can see how even the PH government is unable to fulfill its promise to abolish toll until now,” he said.more to come © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd