Mahathir should convince Malaysians that the building a RM1 billion “crooked half-bridge” to Singapore is not “a crazy plan”
by Lim Kit Siang
(Penang, Saturday): Last Saturday, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad described as “a crazy plan” the intention of the leader of the bogus Federal Special Forces of Malaysia (FSFM), the self-styled “lieutenant-general” Nor Azami Ahmad Ghazali to eventually become the Prime Minister of the nation because he is the “N” in the RAHMAN succession theory on the first six prime ministers of Malaysia where R is for Tunku Abdul Rahman, A for Abdul Razak, H is for Hussein Onn, M is for Mahathir and A for Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
This morning, when Malaysians wake up to read the newspapers about what Mahathir himself described as a RM1 billion “crooked half-bridge” to Singapore, the first reaction for most is that it is a crazy plan.
The first thing Mahathir should do is to convince Malaysians that the building of a RM1 billion crooked half-bridge to Singapore is not “a crazy plan” and that there are no other more rational way to approach and resolve the problem.
Claiming that Malaysia will not involve Singapore as the island republic would only delay the project, Mahathir yesterday witnessed the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Public Works Department and Gerbang Perdana Sdn. Bhd. for the construction of the 31.5-kilometre crooked half-bridge, which is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2005.
Mahathir also warned that although he might not be the Prime Minister during the scheduled completion of the project in 2005, he would still turn up to inspect the crooked half-bridge and that “right on the dot, I expect to cross this bridge…if I’m still alive then, I’ll be more than 80 at that time, so I may need a tongkat.”
Malaysians are very concerned and upset by the whole idea of the building of a RM1 billion “crooked half-bridge” to Singapore as well as by the latest handling of bilateral relations by both the Malaysian and Singapore Governments.
Mahathir’s announcement of the government’s decision to refer the water dispute with Singapore to arbitration instead of engaging in further talks or negotiations in Singapore raises the question as to the purpose of the recent “advert” war between the two countries, clearly wasting the taxpayer’s money which could have been saved if the decision had already been taken to refer the dispute to arbitration. Malaysians are entitled to know how much had been spent by Malaysia on the advertorials.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman