Saturday, April 22, 2017

Najib: East Coast Rail will boost Pahang GDP

Johari Seman     3:01:00 PM    

PEKAN: The gross domestic product (GDP) of Pahang is projected to increase by 1.5% thanks to the upcoming East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) project.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said ECRL was the type of iconic game changer project that could encourage growth.

"We want to make sure economic growth in Pahang reaches a level that can bring about transformation.

"Although the ECRL will not pass through Pekan, it is still close enough at neighbouring Kuantan. Our industries will be able to export their products through Kuantan and Klang in the future with the ECRL," he said at the handover ceremony of the Ganchong water treatment plant here on Saturday.

Najib said economic activities would be more robust than ever as the ECRL could bring about unimaginable landscape change.

"It is not only physical but mental as well. When we see such modern development around us, we will also strive to raise a new generation that is competitive.

"It can build a progressive mentality," he said.

Najib added that a survey had found that the Pahang public's approval rate for the ECRL was at 96%.

"Only one or two of those Opposition folks are against the project," he said.

During the event, Najib witnessed the handing over of the RM255.1mil Ganchong water treatment plant from the East Coast Economic Region Development Council to the state government.

The plant was built to ensure uninterrupted treated water supply to more than 80,000 people including households, business owners and investors in Pekan and its surrounding areas.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/22/najib-ecrl-to-boost-pahang-gdp/#YqIfgMY2zRZ9Rdvh.99

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