Prime Minister Najib Razak today blasted government detractors as “penghasut”, or instigators, for thoughtlessly criticising the country’s welfare programmes and public transport projects.
He hit out at detractors for only being quick to criticise BR1M, the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and mass rapid transit (MRT) projects, even though the projects benefited the people and were a booster for the country’s economy.
Speaking at Pekan today, he said the 1Malaysia People’s Aid Scheme (BR1M), for instance, was not only a welfare programme to assist the people financially, but a boost to the economy as well.
He said the RM31.5 million in BR1M funding distributed to 43,729 recipients in the district here last year spurred much economic activity.
“From the government’s hands, who receives the RM31.5 million … the traders, vendors, sellers of school uniforms, among others,” said Najib, who is the Pekan MP, at a meet-the-people session at Kampung Nenasi.
The Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government had invested some RM70bil for the development of urban rail networks within the greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley in the past six years.
Last Thursday, Najib, who is also the BN national chairman and Umno president, launched the 21-km phase 1 of Sg Buloh-Kajang MRT Line (SBK).
The phase 1 cost RM21 billion – RM2 billion below budget, and was delivered before scheduled time.
Najib, when tabling Budget 2017, announced the RM55 billion-ECRL project, stretching 620 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur across Pahang and Terengganu to Tumpat, in Kelantan.
The project is to be funded and built by China.
Najib’s government has recently inked an agreement with Singapore government to build the 350km-High Speed Rail (HSR) project between Kuala Lumpur and the island republic.
All these projects would not only improve the country’s public transport network but also boost the economy as well.