PUTRAJAYA DEC.21: The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project will continue to progress with a reduced cost by RM11.1 billion from the overall cost amounting to RM85.97 billion made in 2016.
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, the project that was bonded by the old agreement however will continue with the process of the existing negotiations apart from the late construction process.
The Prime Minister added, three ministers namely from the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Works and Ministry of Finance have helped to reduce the overall costs that has been managed since 2016.
The Tambun Member of Parliament said that in a press conference after chairing the Cabinet Meeting today.
Anwar also announced the Unity Government has agreed to transfer the authority of the gas energy to the state of Sabah that was formerly handled by the Federal Government.
“The Cabinet Ministers have agreed on the transfer of authority to Sabah and now depending on the date of consent by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” Anwar said.
Anwar also urged the government machinery to work faster and efficient in approving business applications following positive signs and inquiries from investors and entrepreneurs to do business in the country.
“We must demonstrate to them that our approval methods are faster and more effective than before,” he said.
Regarding the shortage of workers in the construction, plantation and service sectors, the Prime Minister said he has requested the Ministry of Human Resources to speed up the approvals of foreign workers’ applications.
“We have asked the Home Ministry and Human Resources Ministry to expedite (approvals) especially in the agriculture and construction sectors,” Anwar reiterated.
Regarding the reappointment of Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub as the Chairman of Felcra Berhad, Anwar said he has instructed Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr.Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to postpone the appointment.
Elaborating on this Anwar said, the appointment should take into consideration the terms and conditions besides expertise in specific field. If a political leader is appointed, the level of capacity, professionalism and performance apart from following the procedures set should be the priority. –Malaysia World News