Nurul Izzah: Pakatan can build better MRT line for cheaper

Passengers entering an MRT train after the Automatic Platform Gates (APG) slides open, July 17, 2017. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

SHAH ALAM, July 17— PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar claimed today that the Opposition pact can build a wider Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network if it were in power, while also keeping its cost much lower.

Speaking at a rally tonight, the Lembah Pantai MP said Pakatan Harapan would also be able to provide much better services to the masses.

“I want to say thank you for the line between Sungai Buloh and Kajang," she said, directing the jest to Prime Minister Najib Razak.

“I want to tell Najib Razak. Without wastage, we under Pakatan Harapan with the former deputy prime minister and prime minister can execute the MRT project with a wider network and a lower cost,” she added, to loud cheers from the floor.

The RM21 billion MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line stretching 51km was officially opened by Najib today.

In conjunction, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak had wrote in his blog that the publicly-funded project was a “gift” from the prime minister to the country.

Najib had earlier today hailed the MRT network, remarking that it was superior to comparable systems in London and New York, when launching the second phase of the line today.

He also touted the MRT line as the newest and “most modern” MRT system in the world.

The MRT line is now integrated with three different Light Rail Transit lines, the KTM commuter trains, and the KLIA Transit.

Najib said the MRT was only the “beginning” of Putrajaya’s plans to improve the country’s public transportation infrastructure.