I took a few South Korean friends to Putrajaya recently. Like most foreign visitors, they were much impressed with the well-planned and modern city.
However, at Parcel D which houses the Home Ministry, the MACC and the Human Resource Ministry, among others, I was caught in a tight situation. After seeing the steps which go down to the basement of the entrance, they asked: "Where do the steps lead to?"
My simple answer was: "The LRT station."
"But where is the station?," one of them asked.
"They have to build the rail first."
"But why aren't they building it?"
These are questions that I was not supposed to attend to. Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should. However, since he is no longer with the government, its Datuk Seri Najib's responsibility to answer it now, should anybody asks him.
And I told my Korean friends that Najib was busy planning for his 'legacy' project, the MRT from Sungai Buloh to Kajang which will cost about RM3.6 bilion. As to whether he 'likes to continue' with the Seri Petaling-Putrajaya Star-LRT project, the foreigners felt that it was necessary for Putrajaya to have such a link.
Of course, I agree. Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has started the project during his tenure and a few stations are already in place for Putrajaya. TDM hope Pak Lah would proceed with it but the man he chose to replace him had, in fact booted out many of his plans.
I was made to understand that Najib himself will launch the MRT (from Mass Rapid Transit, it is now known as My Rapid Transit) next month at the Kuala Lumpur Concention Center. The government has yet to appoint any contractor but I personally believe the Prime Minister should reconsider connecting Putrajaya with the Star-LRT.
Yes, we have a bus service plying the Administrative City but it is not as frequent as hoped. And what will happen to the existing LRT stations there? To serve as bunkers?