HSR expenditure does not justify small number of jobs created: Mahathir

HSR expenditure does not justify small number of jobs created: Mahathir
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PUTRAJAYA - The amount of money spent to build the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project does not justify the number of jobs it could generate, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“If you are going to spend RM60bil to RM100bil (S$20 billion to $33 billion) so that thousands of people can work, that's not very efficient,” he said to reporters after hosting Ramadan break-of-fast event at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).

He was responding to a Facebook post by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who defended the HSR project which was scrapped by the new government.

Najib had said the project is projected to create RM650bil in gross national income and create 110,000 job opportunities, which could expand to 442,000 jobs by 2069.

The Pekan MP urged the current government not to make an emotional decision to scrap the project.

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