a Penang lang who studied in Chung Ling and ACS (now called MBS, my alma mater, wakakaka)
It's a joint project between Malaysia and Sing but only Malaysia decided, unilaterally, to dump the HSR.
Many have suspected that Mahathir, who has a notorious history of disliking and being difficult to Sing, has once again gone into his anti-Sing mode, which inevitably proves fatal to HSR and a host of Malaysia-Sing cooperation.
Khaw Boon Wan has openly threatened Malaysia, vowing to make Malaysia pay for expenses in addition to the contracted compensation clause of US$125 million.
Additionally, he was also annoyed that Malaysia has not bothered to respond to his request for clarification when each and everyday Sing would be incurring high expenses for the yet-to-be officially-notified cancellation.
The speed at which Mahathir has cancelled the HSR project gave lie to the Pakatan manifesto promise to "Relook the awarding of mega projects to foreign countries".
T'was on Monday 28 May 2018 that he made the announcement, though he noted it would take sometime to work out the compensation due Sing.
On Tuesday 29 May 2018 Transport Minister Anthony Loke said that the decision on whether or not to drop the project was NOT discussed in the Cabinet meeting.
It gives credence to the jungle drums that alleged Mahathir had preempted any Cabinet decision in kaput-ing the HSR project.
But the old man insisted the cancellation was done by PH right from "the very beginning".
But alas, Anthony Loke isn't like Lim Guan Siew. The latter has backed KAUKAU his Boss' claim of Malaysia having a RM1 Trillion debt when that is only around 650 Billion.
Anthony Loke, so to speak, spilled the beans that the cabinet had made NO such decision.
Just in case you reckon it's all misunderstanding, Mahathir has suggested that Singaporeans may wish to emulate their Malaysians in voting out the establishment, Lee Hsien Loong's PAP government, wakakaka.
And that Malaysia will also build an island at Middle Rocks next to Pedro Branca lighthouse isle, minus any consultation with its close neighbour, as if this to-be-build island is of urgent considerations when issues such as the closure of Mahathir's creations, BTN and JAKIM, merit far more attention.
I bet when Najib was pally-buddying with Lee Hsien Loong, Maddy might have been squeezing his nuggets out of fury and frustration.