Pandan lawmaker Rafizi Ramli has got it wrong again over claims that the MRT1 project cost twice as much as similar projects in Spain and South Korea Barisan Nasional said.
In a statement, its strategic communications team alleged that Rafizi had sourced the information from a blog.
“He alleged that the Barcelona Sants-La Sagrera MRT project cost US$39mil (RM174mil) per km, the Seoul Line 9 MRT project cost US$43mil (RM192mil) per km while Malaysia’s MRT1 cost US$103mil (RM461mil) per km.
“It appears that Rafizi had taken his information from an anonymous WordPress blog called ‘Pedestrian Observations’,” BN team said in the statement.
According to BN team, the blog had listed various construction costs of transit systems around the world, of which many were more expensive compared to Malaysia’s MRT1 project, The Star online reported.
“It appears that Rafizi had taken the two lowest cost per km entries in that blog – the Seoul and Barcelona lines – for this use in his latest allegation.
“The anonymous blog itself had warned its readers not to rely on its data ‘as large errors crop up’.
“Unfortunately, Rafizi ignored this warning and had used this info in an official press conference in yet another failed attempt to accuse the Government,” BN team said.
Barisan said that “more authoritative sources”, namely the Korean Development Institute and the Seoul Metropolitan Government, had put down the price of the Seoul Line 9 MRT as US$152mil (RM680mil) per km and US$105mil (RM470mil) per km respectively.
Furthermore, Barisan said the MRT1 project was not expensive than transit projects “closer to home” such as Singapore’s downtown line, which its government reported as costing US$340mil (RM1.5bil) per km.
“Whereas the LRT project from Komtar to the Penang Airport was reported to cost RM257.14mil per km or US$64mil per km.
“If Rafizi still believes that the higher capacity underground Seoul MRT project cost US$43mil per km, he should question the DAP Penang Government why their smaller capacity above ground LRT project cost 50% more at US$64mil per km,” added BN team.