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Johor opposition leader welcomes move to postpone, not cancel HSR

Bernama  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Johor opposition leader Hasni Mohammad said the Pakatan Harapan federal government made the right decision to postpone and not cancel the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project.

In a statement today, he said it was the right decision as the project held great potential for the local rail industry.

He said high-speed rail was a new industry for Malaysia and as such, would open up many opportunities.

Yesterday, in a briefing to Malaysian journalists on the conclusion of his three-day working visit to Japan, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the project, introduced by the previous BN  government, would not be cancelled but postponed instead.

He said this was due to the government’s current financial position but felt there was a need for the HSR, which would reduce rail travelling time from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore from three hours to 90 minutes, down the road.

Johor, which was also ruled by BN, fell to Harapan in the 14th general election on May 9.

--Bernama

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