A ‘LAND BRIDGE’ ACROSS THE PENIN­SULA

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The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) was meant to be a fast train line link­ing Tumpat, in the east coast state of Ke­lan­tan, to Malaysia’s main ship­ping hub Port Klang in Se­lan­gor. At its ground-break­ing cer­e­mony in Au­gust last year, the 688km line was touted as a “land bridge” con­nect­ing the South China Sea with the Strait of Malacca, al­low­ing ship­ments to by­pass Sin­ga­pore. Orig­i­nally slated for com­ple­tion in 2024, it would have passed through Ke­lan­tan, Tereng­ganu and Pa­hang to reach Se­lan­gor in un­der four hours.

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