MUAR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday said it would be “crazy and insane” to call off development projects awarded to China, adding that it would be detrimental to the people.
He said Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) plan to cancel the proposed East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) if it wins the 14th general election (GE14) was politically motivated and would mean a loss for the people.
“Just imagine what would happen if we jeopardised our relations with China. If China refuses to buy our palm oil, furniture and timber, who else is going to buy them? If China does not buy, the opposition leaders will lose nothing, the people will stand to lose.
“The opposition is in chaos. As such, choose a government that champions the plight of the people, that helps the people,” he said.
PH chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had reportedly said that the opposition pact did not rule out the possibility of calling off the RM55 billion ECRL project if it won GE14 as it regarded it as wasteful.
Najib said China was Malaysia’s biggest trading partner with trade valued at over RM100 billion annually, and that exports of timber and timber products to China in 2016 reached RM846.8 million.
“The export figures showed a rise of 3.7 per cent from the previous year. Furniture remains the main export to China at RM121.7 million, rising by 91 per cent from the previous year,” he said. – Bernama