KUALA LUMPUR – May 31, 2018: The government’s decision to scrap the Mass Rapid Transit Line 3 (MRT3) for the city has disappointed many Malaysians.
Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad yesterday announced that MRT3 was cancelled as the country needed to reduce its debts and expenditure.
His predecessor Datuk Seri Najib Razak wrote on Facebook that the government should reconsider it.
“These infrastructure projects bring a return to the country in terms of economic growth. The government will earn revenue from taxes derived from a more vibrant economy. Meanwhile, the people get the convenience and job opportunities because they can easily connect,” he wrote.
Among those who disagree with the cancellation is Haffendi Anuar, who believes that the MRT3 project is beneficial for Malaysians.
“This is sad, as a full-time public transportation, the current MRT system is as good as the train system in London or Singapore. We are scrapping something that is needed to make KL an attractive city for investment,” he wrote.
Another Facebook user, Yusuf Aziz, asked the government to review the project instead of cancelling it.
“It’s beneficial for the people, especially to manage daily expenses and also to reduce pollution by minimising cars going into our city. To cancel it also means there are people who will lose their job too,” he wrote.
Dinesh Kumar thinks the government has made a bad move by cancelling MRT3.
“I hope there is nothing personal with previous administration in every decision Tun Dr Mahathir makes. The government can always look at the deal and review it, not necessary to scrap everything.”
There were of course some who agree with the cancellation.
Miruku Cha wrote that she supports the decision as she felt that settling the national debt is more important.
“Nation is in debt, why make a fuss when cancelled? Would you buy a house when you are in deep debt? This project can wait until the economy is better and the debt is at the minimal level first,” she wrote.
Patrick Gan agrees with the decision for the same reason.
“Put it off for a few years till the country is in much better shape financially. Of course, it is good to have but not a must, can wait, have been living without it so a few more years won’t be that bad.”
Mass Rapid Transit Corporation declined to comment.
The MRT3 or Circle Line was planned as a loop to integrate with other lines. While the MRT1 connects Sungai Buloh and Kajang, MRT2, which is being built, will run from Sungai Buloh to Putrajaya via Serdang.