Why so many U-turns, MCA Youth asks PH govt

Kalbana Perimbanayagam

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon today slammed the Pakatan Harapan government for continously making U-turns on some of the decisions made.

He said changing the tune right after deciding to scrap mega projects such as the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) and High Speed Rail (HSR), would not only caused confusion among the investors but also displayed negative image of the country.

”The PH government should make up its mind on matters involving the national policies. (What it is doing now) is confusing the people and effecting the credibility of the nation.

"The U-turns made on projects with foreign countries are unclear because the government keeps changing its stance every now and then, some even overnight,” he said.

Chong said the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's announcement during his visit to China recently appeared to have contradicted the speeches he made upon his return to Malaysia.

“In his first speech, Tun announced that the ECRL project was canceled, but within 24 hours, he made another announcement saying that the project was still under review.

"This seems to be a constant case when it comes to Dr Mahathir, who does things his own way.

“Why is it that Pakatan Harapan still can't reach a unanimous decision on ECRL and the HSR projects?” he asked.

Chong added this was evident when on June 23, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said ECRL would continue after a re-negotiation since RM20 billion has already been paid but Dr Mahathir wanted to cancel the project citing the country’s debt situation.

He said this kind of uncertainties has become a nuisance to parties involved in the projects and could undermine foreign investors confidence on the country.

”Now, who is telling the truth? Which announcement are the investors supposed to trust? Lim's or Dr Mahathir's? If Dr Mahathir's, which announcement - in Beijing or Malaysia?" Chong said in a statement.

He said one has to wonder if the government had actually conducted in-depth studies before coming out with any decisions.

“Has an in-depth study been made on the pros and cons and are the decisions made unanimously? All this matters when it comes to working with foreign countries,” Chong said.

He urged the government to not be vengeful when making decisions to a point of jeapardising Malaysia's bilateral relations with other countries.

"The cancellation of mega projects will not only affect the people who are supposed to benefit from them but also the bilateral ties between the countries involved.” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd