Environmental groups want further study on ECRL impact

Prime Minister Najib Razak (centre) and other leaders during the East Coast Rail Link groundbreaking in Kuantan yesterday. Environmental organisations have voiced concern that the challenges presented by natural habitats along the rail link's route have not been taken into account in the planning of the project. – The Malaysian Insight pic, August 10, 2017.

ENVIRONMENTAL groups are urging for a moratorium on the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and further evaluation to be carried out over concerns that “environmentally sensitive areas” along its route would be impacted.

Malaysian Nature Society, Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia, and Treat Every Environment Special, in a joint statement today, called on the government to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the massive project, involving state agencies, environmental organisations, research institutions, businesses, civil society and other stakeholders.

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