PM Anwar wants ECRL project to be completed earlier


KUALA LUMPUR: The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) that stretches 665 kilometres will help less developed areas in the east coast and ensures the economic growth will be balanced in such areas including in Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said, for such reasons he has asked the Malaysia Rail Link Sd. Bhd (MRL) and China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) to accelerate and complete the project earlier.

“We will request for several attentions including contractors’ guarantee, consultants, suppliers from local companies and the participation of qualified Bumiputeras,” Anwar said.

The prime minister said that in his speech when officiating the Groundbreaking Ceremony of Gombak ECRL Station IntegratedTerminal that was also attended by the Premier of China, Li Qiang.

Anwar also highlighted that ECRL will guarantee the growth of the region that is regarded as less competent and does not possess the ability to compete except if the government provides the best infrastructure. This will give space to see fresh economic growth in such states.

“The ECRL will begin from Kota Bharu and will end in Port Klang involving 20 stations including 10 passenger stations and 10 other stations combining transportation of goods with passengers,” he added.

The mega infrastructure project that has proven the strong bilateral relations between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing is expected to be completed by end of 2026.
Meanwhile the prime minister also hopes MRL and CCCC will ensure the ECRL project maintenance will be implemented efficiently.

“I also want to thank the people’s efforts in training, transferring technology and giving opportunities to local players to be exposed to the latest technology and elevate their capabilities.

“I extend my thanks to all the professionals – engineers, technicians from China and Malaysia. The leaders can plan, make decisions and frame policies but we have professionals who are committed, technocrats and workers like all of you. You have shown that we can do it more effectively and with success,” he said.

Anwar also thanked Premier Li for the in-depth discussions covering several issues including trade, investment, infrastructure, tourism, culture and education. –Malaysia World News

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