Login

Reload

Remember me Forgot it?

Not a subscriber?

Click on the button below to create your account and get immediate access to Xinhua Silk Road Database.

Start a Free Trial

Subscribe

Belt & Road Weekly Subscription Form

Research Report

The full edition of the report is available at Xinhua Silk Road Database. You can click the “Table of Content” to have a general understanding of it.

Click on the button below to create your account and get immediate access to thousands of articles.

Start a Free Trial

projects

HOME > China Project


Malaysia signs Chinese firm for environmental protection initiative in major rail project

February 28, 2018


Abstract : Malaysia's Department of Wildlife and National Parks signed a memorandum of agreement with China Communications Construction Company Ltd., the main contractor for the East Coast Rail Link, to tackle possible environmental issues caused by the project.

图片1

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia's Department of Wildlife and National Parks under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE), on Tuesday signed a memorandum of agreement with China Communications Construction Company Ltd. (CCCC), the main contractor for the 688-kilometer East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), to tackle possible environmental issues caused by the project.

According to the agreement, the CCCC will work together with NRE experts to take crucial measures to ensure the rail project complies with environmental requirements.

The CCCC would build wildlife underpasses at 29 strategic locations to allow wildlife to move freely despite the railway line passing through, said Bai Yinzhan, executive managing director of a CCCC subsidiary in Malaysia in a press release. He added that numerous elevated viaducts, with a possible length of 128 kilometers in total, will also be built so that wildlife can roam as they normally would and be protected.

Moreover, the CCCC will earmark 9.15 million ringgit (2.34 million U.S. dollars) to help NRE undertake wildlife relocation and related programs, according to the press release.

Touted by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as a game changer for the Malaysian economy, ECRL will link Port Klang in the west coast of peninsular Malaysia with the east coast. But some environmental concerns were raised as the rail alignment traverse a large swathe of forest reserve, in which tigers, elephants and jungle cats live.

When attending the signing ceremony, NRE minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar defended the government's efforts for wildlife and environment protection, saying a Wildlife Management Plan (WMP) was also launched along with the rail project. He said the plan would minimize and monitor the impact on wildlife and their habitats along key stretches of the ECRL.

Construction for the ECRL began in last August and is expected to be fully delivered and operational by 2024.


Related Coverage

Focus

Think Tank

  • AIIB should broaden horizons to gain global impact

    December 17, 2018

    AIIB this year set a ceiling on non-regional investment, limiting it to 15 p...

  • Chinese enterprise helps Zimbabwe enhance power supp...

    December 17, 2018

    Chinese enterprises have actively responded to the Belt and Road Initiative ...

  • China in 2019 : Getting the stimulus dosage right

    December 14, 2018

    With policy support, while urbanization, an aging population and the rise of...

  • New ideas can drive China’s era of reform, growth

    December 13, 2018

    If China can take the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up as an oppor...

  • Ask Us A Question

    If you have any questions, please enter them in the box below.

    Reload

    Write to Us

    Do you want to be a contributor to Xinhua Silk Road and tell us your Belt & Road story? Send your articles to silkroadweekly@xinhua.org and share your stories with more people.

    Click on the button below to create your account and get imhttp://img.silkroad.news.cn/templates/silkroad/en2017te access to thousands of articles.

    Start a Free Trial