Najib: ECRL proves BN determined to make major changes in east coast

 |Apr 11, 2018

KOTA BARU: Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the East Coast Railway Line (ECRL) project proves the determination of the government to undertake major and significant changes in Kelantan and the other states in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

The Prime Minister said the ECRL would change the economic landscape and life of the people in Kelantan and all the states in the east coast in various fields.

“If we want a particular region to develop we must link the region to all areas in the country.

“Transportation that links one region to the other areas will bring very significant changes,” he said at the ground breaking ceremony for the ECRL project at the Kelantan state level in Tunjong, here today.

Also present were International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd chairman Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah and executive managing director of China Communications Construction ECRL Sdn Bhd Bai Yinzhan.

The RM55 billion ECRL project that would involve a 688-kilometre long route links Port Klang, Selangor with Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.

The project also involves 28 stations that offer passenger and cargo rail services and is expected to be ready in June 2024.

“In the United States, the west side area had developed because of the availability of railway communication, and so were the wild west or cowboy areas such as the ones in California and so on because the pioneers were railway communication.

“The same was also true in the other areas in the world, where efficient railway services that were modern and dependable had been injected in the development of a particular region,” the Prime Minister said.

Najib said in the context of Kelantan, the existence of the ECRL would speed up travelling time especially from Kota Bharu to Kuala Lumpur and vice versa.

The RM55 billion ECRL project that would involve a 688-kilometre long route links Port Klang, Selangor with Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.

The project also involves 28 stations that offer passenger and cargo rail services and is expected to be ready in June 2024.

“In the United States, the west side area had developed because of the availability of railway communication, and so were the wild west or cowboy areas such as the ones in California and so on because the pioneers were railway communication.

“The same was also true in the other areas in the world, where efficient railway services that were modern and dependable had been injected in the development of a particular region,” the Prime Minister said.

Najib said in the context of Kelantan, the existence of the ECRL would speed up travelling time especially from Kota Bharu to Kuala Lumpur and vice versa. — Bernama