High Speed Rail (HSR)
WHY COME TO JURONG?
The HSR is going to stop in our heartland at Jurong. Is this a wise move? Is there a particular reason for doing so? It was not so long ago that, after years of prolonged and protracted discussions, that government was able to push the Customs,Immigration,and Qurantine (CIQ) centre at Tanjong Pager to Woodlands for better inspection and security.Therefore for the same reasons, is’nt it better for HSR to stop at our CIQ at Tuas.
This extra 15km rail into Jurong is firstly, going to cost the country billions of dollars,even more so if underground and secondly, cause social, environmental disruptions and security issues.
Stopping at Tuas will be less disruptive, better border control and the huge budget saved can be channelled to better our social and health needs of our already aging population.
So parliament must question the rationale for taking this option and President l am sure will do likewise if a request is called for to dip into the nation’s reserves.