PETALING JAYA: A Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) should be set up to look at the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project and two pipeline projects that have been canceled, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic).
In a Facebook post yesterday, the former prime minister said that the RCI should investigate every crime.
He said that Malaysians deserved to know whether the decision to cancel the three projects was based on "reason and not on anger" against the Barisan Nasional administration or the Chinese government.
"It's better for the Pakistani Harapan government to disclose all contracts, feasibility and economic impact studies and cost-benefit analyzes to see if it's good for Malaysia to continue with these three projects or to cancel them," he said. .
Najib, who is Pekan MP, said that many of his constituents were disappointed when they heard that the ECRL project would be canceled because they could see that economic benefits could be achieved.
"Until those documents are released, I am disappointed and sad for the people on the east coast because they will lose out on the potential development in their states and an opportunity to equalize their economic status to people on the west coast," he said. .
Najib said he did not want to comment on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's comments about what the latter called the "stupidity" of his administration because of the way the contracts were signed.
Najib claimed that the contracts for the projects contained exit clauses.
"This is not like the Independent Power Producer (IPP) concessions or tolls signed during the Mahathir era, where the Pakistani government can not fulfill its promise to abolish tolls so far," he said.
Dr. Mahathir announced the cancellation of the ECRL and the construction of two gas pipelines in Sabah, while it was present in China on Tuesday.
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