KUALA LUMPUR: Former Prime Minister (5th in chronology), Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the Points of Agreement (PoA) on the status and development of KTM Berhad land in Singapore should bring about equal benefits to both Malaysia and the republic.
“I hope whatever has been agreed upon will not be a loss to Malaysia. I don’t think Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will do something that will make us end up losing. That is the assumption I would like to make.
“My hope is that it will benefit Malaysia. Singapore would naturally want to benefit. Let’s be fair. I would like to believe that Najib would have taken that path to ensure fairness,” he told reporters after delivering a lecture on integrity at the Malaysian Institute of Integrity here yesterday.
He congratulated Najib for breaking the deadlock that had strained relations between Malaysia and Singapore for almost two decades.
Abdullah was commenting on the agreement by Najib and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong to enhance features in the PoA signed in 1990 on the status and development of KTM land recently.
The KTM railway station in Tanjung Pagar will be moved to Woodlands in Singapore by July 1, 2011. In exchange, three parcels of KTM land in Tanjung Pagar, Kranji, and Woodlands and three pieces of land in Bukit Timah will be jointly developed by a company known as M-S Pte Ltd, a 60-40 venture between Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings Limited.
Meanwhile, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the POA signed in 1990 on the status and development of KTM Berhad land in Singapore had initially stated that the Malaysian Government would have to give up the land in 2011 without any replacement land provided.
“With the enhanced PoA, we have managed to make a mutually beneficial deal with the Singapore Government. Yes, we have given up the KTM Berhad land, but we have also been awarded land of the same value in Marina South and Ophir Rochor,” he told a press conference at his official residence here yesterday.
Johor DAP State Chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau said the move to develop KTM land left vacant after the relocation of the railway station to Woodlands could benefit the people if Singapore was also willing to lend its expertise in the running of the Mass Rail Transit to Johor.
PKR Selangor youth information chief Mohd Ezli Mashut said more information was needed in the agreements between Malaysia and Singapore on the KTM land issue and the Government should provide more details in Parliament.
[Source : The Star Online]