Mahathir needs more time to decide on ECRL’s future, says Azmin

Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali says the Cabinet discussed the project on Wednesday. (Bernama pic)

KOTA BHARU: A study being carried out on whether the East Coast Railway Line (ECRL) project should proceed will be completed in the near future, said Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali.

He said the Cabinet discussed the project briefly on Wednesday and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had asked for more time to look at the suitability of the ECRL.

“In the ECRL project, we must see whether the project can create value and be beneficial to the people in the present highly-untenable economic situation,” he said after attending a meeting with Kelantan state PKR leaders here today.

Azmin said the project’s implementation previously was not transparent. One example was the huge quantum paid out although the project had not even started, he added.

Almost RM20 billion had already been paid out when there was little progress and this was something that should be investigated, he said.

The previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government had announced that the ECRL project linking Kelantan-Terengganu-Pahang with Port Klang would cost RM55 billion.

On the PKR election at the central and divisional levels for the 2018-2021 term, Azmin, who is defending his deputy president’s post, reminded delegates against being involved in corrupt practices in electing leaders.

Although he had no proof of such practices occurring, other than information given by certain groups, he said stern action would be taken against any group involved in such activities.

“We want to build a clean and healthy party with noble, ethical values,” he said.

Azmin is being challenged for the post by former Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli.