The status of the construction of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) depends on the outcome of negotiations between the private companies involved, says Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
He said the companies should be given a reasonable time period to review and renegotiate several matters before coming to a final decision.
“What’s important the leaders of both countries have agreed on the need to negotiate on the project and this will facilitate the outcome. China understands the problems faced by the Malaysian government. “However the decision and details lie with the companies. If we continue with the project how much will it cost and if it is scrapped hopefully they will not impose a high penalty,” he said.
Saifuddin was asked to comment on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement that the government was studying whether to defer or find other means of implementing the ECRL.