Anwar says govt should only review ECRL alignment if it will bring down costs further


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 09 Jul 2020

PORT DICKSON: The government should only review the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) alignment if this will further reduce the cost of building it, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The Port Dickson MP said this should also be considered if it would benefit more people.

"I am okay if the authorities wish to review the alignment but we will also need to know why.

"If it will not reduce the cost, then we (Pakatan Harapan) will oppose any move to review it in Parliament and revert to the original plan.

"It is strange that after the government (under Pakatan) had re-negotiated the cost of the project and reduced it by billions of ringgit, we are now considering reverting to the original plan which was a lot costlier," he told reporters after launching the Keadilan Cakna Siswa programme at his service centre Thursday (July 9).

When the Kota Baru-Port Klang ECRL rail route was first proposed, its cost was RM65.5bil.

However, the project was suspended when the Pakatan government came into power in May 2018.

It was resumed in April the following year after the cost was lowered to RM44bil following re-negotiations with China.

The bulk of the savings were derived after the government decided to do away with the need to build an 18km tunnel through the Titiwangsa Range from Genting Highlands to Gombak proposed under the initial plan.

Apart from reducing the cost, the move was also to save the Klang Gate Quartz Ridge known to be the longest pure quartz dyke in the world.

Based on the original plan, the ECRL was not supposed to run through Negri Sembilan.

It is understood that Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail during a recent meeting of the National Physical Planning Council proposed that the project be reverted to its original plan.

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