PM raps crit­ics for try­ing to de­rail project

New Straits Times - - News -

KUANTAN: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak has lam­basted crit­ics of the RM55 bil­lion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.

Na­jib ex­pressed re­gret that there were cer­tain quar­ters that still at­tempted to tor­pedo the ECRL project, which would en­com­pass sta­tions from the In­te­grated Trans­port Ter­mi­nal in Gom­bak, Se­lan­gor, to Pengkalan Kubur, Ke­lan­tan.

“It is re­gret­table that there are still par­ties out there try­ing to de­rail the ECRL de­spite the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits the rakyat stand to gain and the value the project will un­lock.

“Nev­er­the­less, I would like to as­sure the peo­ple of the east coast that the gov­ern­ment has an im­pres­sive track record and shall de­liver on its prom­ises.

‘The MRT (Mass Rapid Tran­sit) is the most re­cent and clear­est proof of this.

“With your con­tin­u­ous sup­port for the gov­ern­ment, In­shaAl­lah, we shall wit­ness the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of ECRL by 2024, as promised,” he said to loud cheers from the au­di­ence dur­ing his speech prior to the open­ing of the ECRL project at Ban­dar Baru Kuantan here yes­ter­day.

In his speech, Na­jib noted that ECRL was among the most highly-an­tic­i­pated “in­fra-rakyat” projects in Malaysia and the project would be world-class in terms of safety, re­li­a­bil­ity and cost ef­fi­ciency.

“It is heart­en­ing to note that 95 per cent of the 17,000 re­spon­dents polled dur­ing the three-month (early this year) Pub­lic In­spec­tion for Phase 1 of ECRL gave their ap­proval for

the project,” he said, ad­ding that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is grate­ful for the full co­op­er­a­tion and sup­port from all three east coast states.

“The over­whelm­ing sup­port of the peo­ple and the state gov­ern­ments in the east coast only goes to show that the ECRL is a cat­alytic in­fra­struc­ture project that spear­heads eco­nomic growth,” he said.

He said the project would lead to im­prove­ment in the so­cio-eco­nomic sta­tus and greater com­fort to the peo­ple of the east coast.

In the past, some op­po­si­tion lead­ers had claimed that the ECRL project would lead to the sell-off of Malaysian in­ter­ests in the coun­try and bur­den the next gen­er­a­tion.

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