PETALING JAYA: Selangor should not oppose the revised East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) alignment that passes through the state without weighing the facts objectively, says MCA Youth.
MCA Youth spokesman Jacob Lee said the realignment through Gombak and Serendah in northern Selangor would create more economic returns and benefit the people, other than having lesser impact on the environment, compared to the southern option proposed by Pakatan Harapan in 2019.
“We hope the Selangor government can help to assist and implement this project. It has stalled for a long time.
“The expected completion date is 2027. It is important to do it now rather than later. Let us stop politicking and bring benefit to the rakyat, ” he said during a press conference at the Gombak LRT station on Wednesday (April 7).
He said that the ECRL 3.0 alignment was not new, but was based on the alignment set by the previous Barisan Nasional administration.
On Monday (April 5), Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong announced that the ECRL project will go back to the original alignment approved by the Barisan Nasional government.
Under what is currently known as ECRL 3.0, Section C - the route from Mentakab, Pahang to Port Klang, will pass through Bentong, Serendah and Gombak as it heads to Port Klang, covering a distance of 201km.
Several Pakatan Harapan representatives had opposed the northern Selangor alignment, with Selangor executive councillor Datuk Teng Chang Kim accusing the federal government of bullying the state on the matter.
The previous alignment for Section C under the Pakatan Harapan government had wanted the line to go through southern Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Kajang-Bangi, and Putrajaya.
Dr Wee had said that although the government is reverting to the original alignment approved in 2017 by Barisan Nasional, ECRL 3.0 costs less than the original bill of RM55bil.
He said the cost is now estimated at RM50bil, and the refinements to Section C allows the track to bypass the Batu Dam and the Klang Gates Quartz Ridge, environmentally-sensitive areas that were initially cited by Selangor as to why Section C should go through the southern part of the state.