Our priority was, is and will always be to take Malaysia to the next level of development.
The HSR project was cancelled because someone wanted to give out contracts directly without open tender.
Read this Nikkei Japan story.
How did the high-speed rail project between the two countries come about in the first place, and why was it abandoned? Tracing its history, it became clear that both the inception and the termination of the project were the work of Malaysia.
In an effort to escape the middle-income trap and join the developed world, the Najib administration in 2010 outlined an “Economic Transformation Programme” with the cross-border high-speed railway as the centrepiece of 131 projects to be implemented in the near future.
Statements from government officials and media reports suggest that it was the Malaysian side that had reneged on terms of the deal.
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