7/9/2018 1:42:21 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Singapore has already spent more than $250 million on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail project and is likely to spend another $40 million by the year-end. It will be “completely wasted expenditure if the project does not proceed”, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in Parliament on July 9.
Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said after being elected to office on May 9 that his government had decided to scrap the project to reduce growing national debt but later reportedly said he intended to postpone the project.
Singapore sent a diplomatic note to Malaysia seeking clarification on the project on June 1 but has not yet received any reply, Mr Khaw said.
The money spent by Singapore is “our taxpayers’ money”, he said. “It would not be fair for the taxpayers of one country to bear the cost of another country’s actions,” he added.
"The Singapore government has a duty to safeguard public funds by recovering these costs," Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said earlier.