Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Tun Dr Mahathir's Fulll Press Conference after Pribumi Council Meeting 28 May 2018 -HSR To Singapore cancelled.

PETALING JAYA, May 28 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) received numerous complaints against the Election Commission (EC) in the manner the commission had conducted the 14th general elections.
The Prime Minister alleged that his party received a number of complaints, which suggested that the EC had attempted to reduce Pakatan Harapan’s chances of winning a greater majority in some seats.
“There are 700 to 800 spoilt votes don’t tell me we Malaysians are that stupid?” he told a news conference.
Dr Mahathir said action will be taken against the EC and its chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah if there is evidence of wrongdoings.
When asked if changes is expected in the EC or if Mohd Hashim will be investigated, Dr Mahathir said : “I understand he (Mohd Hashim) wants to resign, but if there is anything against him, action will be according to the laws of this country,”.
Dr Mahathir, however, could not state exactly the number of seats where cheatings had purportedly taken place.
Separately, he claimed that many BN members were now interested to join PPBM after the coalition’s surprise victory in the May 9 polls.
Dr Mahathir, however, said his party and Pakatan Harapan would only consider such candidates after they have publically announced their departure from BN.
“They must also pledge support for PH and only then we will consider,” he said.
Dr Mahathir also said that PPBM will be realigning its cause, goals and objective soon.
He said previously one of the main reasons for the establishment of PPBM was to overthrow former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia is cancelling a project to build a high-speed rail link between its capital, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore, and will talk with its southern neighbour about any compensation Malaysia has to pay, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday.
Mahathir, the 92-year-old who triumphed in a general election this month, has made it a priority to cut the national debt and pledged to review big projects agreed by his predecessor that he says are expensive and have no financial benefit.
"It is a final decision, but it will take time because we have an agreement with Singapore," Mahathir told a news conference referring to his scrapping of the project, valued by analysts at about $17 billion.
The project is out for tender and was scheduled to be completed by 2026.
Mahathir said Malaysia may have to pay about 500 million ringgit ($125.63 million) to Singapore to get out of the deal.
"We had agreed to proceed with the High Speed Rail project based on mutual benefits and obligations," Singapore's Ministry of Trade said in a statement.
"We will wait for official communication from Malaysia."
Companies from China, Japan, South Korea and Europe were eyeing a contract to build, operate and finance the trains and the rail assets, sources close to the bidding process had told Reuters.
Even picking a winner was expected to test ties between Malaysia and Singapore, which have been frosty since the end of the colonial era in the 1960s, against the backdrop of broader tension over China's growing influence in the region.
About 90 percent of the rail network was set to be in Malaysia, including a terminal in Bandar Malaysia, a big property development owned by scandal-hit state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
A $1.7 billion deal to sell a majority stake in Bandar Malaysia to a Malaysian-Chinese consortium fell through in May 2017. A year on, the project has failed to attract any buyers.
Mahathir has reopened an investigation into 1MDB following his election victory. It is being investigated in other countries, including the United States.
Properties linked to former prime minister Najib Razak have been searched as part of the investigation, and Najib has given statements to an anti-graft agency.
Najib has long denied any wrongdoing.
Mahathir said his government was also in the process of renegotiating with Chinese partners over the terms of a $14 billion rail deal aimed at connecting the South China Sea at the Thai border in the east with the strategic shipping routes of the Straits of Malacca in the west.
He estimates that Malaysia could cut almost a fifth of its $250 billion national debt and liabilities by scrapping such big projects.

(Reporting by Liz Lee, John Geddie and A. Ananthalakshmi in KUALA LUMPUR and Fathin Ungku in SINGAPORE; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Robert Birsel)

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