EcoKnights Raised Basic Concerns on the Construction of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL)

mapecrl3 August 2017, Kuala Lumpur – EcoKnights was invited to a briefing by Malaysian Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) today on the construction of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL).

The ECRL, mooted as a national connectivity effort since 2000, is currently progressing to initiate its construction of the 532.3 km long railway link.

A WWF representative, Daria Mathew, in her slide presentation noted that the proposed ECRL alignment in Terengganu will be crossing over the largest intact Melaleuca forest in Setiu. The concern that the ECRL will be fragmenting unique ecosystems in Terengganu is valid and has the potential to disrupt the river systems in that area. Additionally, the Melaleuca forest is very susceptible to forest fires and as such WWF has raised the concerns that there is a risk that during the construction process, human negligence may be able to cause accidental fires.

In this briefing hosted by MRL, several NGOs have expressed their concerns on the process of planning and development of the railway stressing on issues related to high conservation value forests, environmental management and mitigation of risks during the construction phase of the railway.

Below are some of the concerns raised by EcoKnights for the public and relevant stakeholders to consider:

  1. Pre-construction and post-construction mitigation strategies
  2. Transparency in NGO and Public  Engagement and Reporting
  3. An Environmental Management Plan that is accessible to the public and NGOs

To understand more about the ECRL, you can download the following documents and refer to it. The documents below are prepared by Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd

pdfECRL Part 16.51 MB

pdfECRL Part 214.67 MB

If you are reading this as a concerned member of the public, we highly encourage you to express your views to MRL and provide constructive inputs to raise the level of concerns to them.

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