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Khairlia Khairulzaman


Free Malaysia Today



ECRL won’t affect palm oil exports to China, says Azmin

9 Feb 2019 (Free Malaysia Today) SUBANG JAYA: Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali is confident that Putrajaya’s ongoing talks with Beijing over the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project would not affect Malaysia’s export of palm oil to China.

“We want to continue to increase trade with all countries including China. So we will discuss what is best for the country,” he told reporters today.

The future of the ECRL has come under renewed scrutiny over reports that Malaysia would most likely terminate the RM81 billion contract awarded to China.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad however said the government had yet to decide whether to scrap the ECRL despite conflicting statements from his Cabinet members.

Azmin had said the government had terminated China Communications Construction Group (CCCC) as the project’s contractor, while Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said an official decision had yet to be made.

Azmin today refused to comment when asked about the latest status of the project, and merely said that it was being discussed by the Cabinet.

“And then we will announce (our decision) on the matter to the public”.