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Malaysia launches China-backed East Coast rail project amid concerns

Govt says it will bring economic benefits but critics decry its RM55b price tag and impact on KL's debt burden

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Mr Najib, Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai (2nd from right) and senior officials looking at a model of the East Coast Rail Line at the groundbreaking ceremony in Kuantan on Wednesday.

Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday presided over the groundbreaking of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), a RM55 billion (S$17.5 billion) China-funded project he described as "a catalyst for equality" between the east and west coasts. But the project is also one

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