Ke­lan­tan, Tereng­ganu laud Fed­eral Govt

New Straits Times - - News -

KOTA BARU: Ke­lan­tan yes­ter­day praised the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project to con­nect all the three states in the east coast.

State Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Hous­ing and Sports Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Ab­dul Fat­tah Mah­mood said it hoped the ECRL project would at­tract more in­vestors to Ke­lan­tan, as it had huge nat­u­ral re­sources which could be de­vel­oped.

“We hope the 688km rail­road project will in­spire con­fi­dence in in­vestors to come to Ke­lan­tan.”

Fat­tah said the project should be a new cat­a­lyst for eco­nomic devel­op­ment in the state.

When open­ing the ECRL project in Kuan­tan yes­ter­day, Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak was re­ported to have said the project was set to be a “game changer” and “mind­set-changer” for Malaysia as it would cut travel time be­tween the east and west coasts.

Tereng­ganu Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ah­mad Razif Ab­dul Rah­man said the project would boost Tereng­ganu’s New Trans­for­ma­tion Plan.

He said hav­ing ECRL sta­tions in Chukai, Dun­gun and Kuala Tereng­ganu would be a huge cat­a­lyst for devel­op­ment.

“This will speed up the state mod­erni­sa­tion with nu­mer­ous in­fra­struc­ture, lo­gis­tics, com-mu­ni­ca­tions, com­merce and trade.

“It will also spur so­cio-eco­nomic growth and trans­form Tereng­ganu into a first-class re­gion to work and live in,” he said while an­nounc­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of the Tereng­ganu Petroleum Coun­cil at Wisma Darul Iman in Kuala Tereng­ganu. By Shar­i­fah Mahsi­nah Ab­dul­lah and Adrian David

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