The Lie That Shook The Nation

Lim was already done by the time authorities intervened

Malaysia’s Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on Tuesday (Apr 23) dismissed allegations that land was offered to China for free as part of a deal to reduce the cost of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL).

Controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin alleged last Friday that about 4,500 acres of land along the route was given to China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC), while Malaysia got a reduction of costs amounting to RM21.5 billion (US$5.2 billion) under the renegotiated deal.

“I have not been informed about 4,500 acres being given for free. I don’t think it’s correct,” Mr Lim told reporters on Tuesday.

The finance minister added that the Cabinet would have to approve any such agreement.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced last Monday that the ECRL project is back on track following a renegotiation to slash its cost by a third to RM44 billion for the revised route of 640km.

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