PUTRAJAYA: There were 37 consultation meetings with 17 agencies in Selangor over the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) issue. Now it is time for Selangor to “move on” and work with the Federal Government to construct the project with no delay.
The country could not afford to delay the project any longer as a day’s postponement would translate to RM1.2mil in losses, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“We cannot wait. We have to make a decision. We have been waiting for the past eight months. We have tried our very best to talk to all state governments. I must put on record that there were 37 consultation meetings with 17 agencies in Selangor.
“That shows our commitment. Whatever issue there is that concerns the environment, social impact... it has all been taken care of by the Transport Ministry.
“Beyond environmental and social issues, there is a political consideration (for Selangor). But for us, we do this in the best interest of our country.
“But we must make a decision. If we do not, every day we lose RM1.2mil, ” Dr Wee told reporters after attending a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony at the Health Ministry here.
Dr Wee was commenting on the Selangor government’s rejection of the Perikatan Nasional government’s decision to revise the ECRL alignment.
The minister said the Federal Government had no issues with working with all the states involved in the ECRL line, be it Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu or Kelantan.
“We have done our very best and we would love to work with all the state governments involved, including Selangor.
“I am confident that the Mentris Besar, state authorities, as well as many professionals, officials and experts in Selangor want to give us full cooperation on this, ” said Dr Wee.
On Monday, he said the ECRL project would see a revision to the old alignment approved by the Barisan Nasional government.
Under the changes, the latest alignment – dubbed the ECRL 3.0 alignment – will be between Temerloh and Port Klang via Bentong, Gombak and Serendah.
The previous alignment under the Pakatan Harapan government had wanted the line to go through Negri Sembilan and Putrajaya.