The project to built the 688km East Coast Rail Link linking Pengkalan Kubor to Port Klang has been on hold since last July (Photo: The Malaysian Insight file photo)
 
Kuala Lumpur (VNA) - The fate of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) is close to being finalised with just some minor details to be sorted out in negotiations between Malaysia and China.

Tun Daim Zainuddin, who will lead a delegation from Malaysia to China to mend ties with the world’s second largest economy and Malaysia’s largest trading partner, said the team from China has been working with Malaysian officials for some time on the project and all that is left are some small issues to be ironed out.

Daim said he has been in touch with the relevant parties in China and both countries have reached a decision to finalise the agreement.

The ECRL project has been halted since July 3, 2018. The 688km rail link, if built, will connect Port Klang in Selangor with Pengkalan Kubor in Kelantan, and will be constructed in two phases.

Daim will brief Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad of the developments over the ECRL and will head to China next month. It is an important trip so that any past friction between both countries could be smoothened out given the long historical ties both countries have shared.

Mending ties that seem to have been fractured is important as after Pakatan Harapan took power, contracts with Chinese companies, particularly the ECRL, were jettisoned. Negotiations have continued to resolve the impasse and both countries seem to have mended their differences and are back on the footing they had in the past.-VNA