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Anwar wants ECRL project expedited
Published on: Wednesday, June 19, 2024
By: Bernama
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Anwar wants ECRL project expedited
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim delivering his speech at the ECRL Gombak integrated terminal groundbreaking ceremony. (Bernama pic)
Kuala Lumpur: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has called on Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) and China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) to expedite the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.

He said the 665km project was essential for promoting balanced development in less developed areas, including Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu.

“I have told CCCC and MRL to expedite the implementation of this project. We will provide the necessary support to ensure the rapid progress and success of the ECRL,” he said at the ECRL Gombak integrated terminal groundbreaking ceremony, which was attended by Chinese premier Li Qiang.

Li, meanwhile, expressed China’s readiness to collaborate closely with Malaysia to ensure the project is a success.

Highlighting that transportation is the lifeline of the economy, Li said the ECRL project serves not only as a transportation artery, but also plays a pivotal role in driving development, creating jobs and improving livelihoods.

“China is willing to assist Malaysia in focussing on subsequent operations, development and planning along the railway line, and driving vibrant development in sectors such as commerce, logistics and tourism to achieve greater economic and social benefits,” he said.

“Simultaneously, the ECRL project will also have long-term and extensive spillover effects.”

Aimed at improving connectivity and stimulating economic development, the ECRL, traversing Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Selangor, is set to be an economic game-changer especially in boosting Malaysia’s transportation network.

It is expected to be completed by the end of 2026.

The massive infrastructure project, which connects the east and west coasts of the country with 20 stations, is also a testament to the strong bilateral relationship between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing.

Li ends his three-day official visit to Malaysia tomorrow.

This marks his inaugural visit to the country since assuming office in March 2023.

His visit also coincides with the 50th anniversary of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations.

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