CCC- ECRL held a football friendly match with MRL

Kuala Lumpur, 27th May 2023. A friendly football match was organized  by CCC-ECRL and Malaysia Rail Link (MRL). This event aimed to provide an opportunity for employees to engage in cultural and sports activities, fostering team cohesion and cooperation spirit.

Mr. Liu Jianming and Mr. Ye Xiaoyang, Deputy General Managers of China Communications Malaysia East Rail Project, attended the event. The match was also attended by over 50 fans from MRL and the  CCC-ECRL, who came to show their support and cheer on the players.

Both teams exhibited exceptional gameplay throughout the match, creating an atmosphere filled with excitement and anticipation. The crowd was treated to a display of brilliant tactics, skillful dribbles, and well-executed passes.

The match concluded with a display of sportsmanship and mutual respect between the two teams. CCC-ECRL players showed great character and determination throughout the game, giving their all until the final whistle.



Launching Ceremony of 1st ECRL Construction at Tunjong, Kota Bharu, Kelatan

On 12 May 2023, Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim launches the construction of ECRL’s first station in Kota Bharu.

This milestone marks a remarkable achievement for our ECRL project. Located on a 50.41 – acre site in Bandar Baru Tunjong , the construction of the ECRL Kota Bharu station will incorporate a building design, inspired by the Kelantan’s cultural heritage and will also showcase the charm of Rumeh Meleh Melayu and Bunga Ketam Guri.

Also present were Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook, Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob, Chief Secretary of Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali, Malaysia Rail Link Sdn. Bhd Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Darwish Abdul Razak and Executive Director Mr. Lui Hui represent China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC).

Furthermore, the launch event witnessed the exchange of memorandum of understanding (MoU) documents between MRL, CCC and the three educational institutions for the ECRL Industrial Skills Training Program (PLKI-ECRL). The participating institutions are Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) and Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology (TAR UMT). The objective of the MoU is to leverage the services and expertise of educational institutions throughout the implementation of the PLKI-ECRL. It also involves collaboration in providing training and education while strengthening relationships among program participants.

Transport Minister, Anthony Loke Siew Fook visited the Genting Tunnel construction site in Bentong, Pahang

On 11 April 2023, Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook visited the Genting Tunnel construction site in Bentong, Pahang.

The vist was hosted by MRL CEO Dato’ Sri Darwis Abdul Razak, CCC-ECRL Managing Director Kong Qi and Deputy Director & Chief Engineer, Mr. Deng Bo.

During the visit Minister Loke had the opportunity to experience the safety training center and view the ongoing consruction works of the Genting Tunnel. The excavtion works on the Genting Tunnel portion of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), spanning 16.39 kilometres through the Titiwangsan Range is schedulded to be completed in the second quarter of 2025. The Genting Tunnel also is the first ECRL tunnel to use the tunnel boring machine (TBM) method compared to the drilling and blasting methods used in other tunnels.

ECRL Achieves 10 Million Man-Hours Without Lost Time Injury

Dungun ,18 March 2023, ECRL Project has achieved the milestone of 10 million safe-man hours without any lost time injury (LTI).

The achievement was recorded at the end of February 2023, underpinned by the implementation of safe work practices on 24/7 basis and effective teamwork at all levels of the project. The project has a manpower of about 17,000 currently, consisting of personnel from the project owner, the EPC contractor and its subcontractors.

The campaign’s theme was ‘Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow,’ and it was jointly officiated by MRL CEO Dato’ Sri Darwis Abdul Razak, CCC-ECRL Managing Director Kong Qi, and the Director-General of the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), Mohd Anuar Embi.

The ECRL project launched its inaugural safety campaign back in March 2021 and has made progressive improvements to its safety management system, which includes the training of over 1,000 personnel through simulation and reactive safety exercises in its centralised safety training centres in Kemaman, Maran and Bentong approved by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).

Section 7 visit by Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran Malaysia

On 14th March 2023, Tuan Rozman bin Mohamad, the Director of Flood Management at the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), accompanied by senior management and state directors of DID, paid a visit to our construction site located at Section 7.

The purpose of their visit was to evaluate the progress of the construction site and ensure that comprehensive measures are in place to effectively mitigate any potential risks. During the visit, our team had the opportunity to showcase the diligent efforts and adherence to safety protocols that are being implemented on-site. We provided detailed insights into the various risk management strategies and engineering solutions employed to safeguard the surrounding environment and nearby communities.

At CCC – ECRL, we place the utmost importance on collaboration and cooperation with relevant government agencies. We remain fully committed to working hand in hand with Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran Malaysia and other key stakeholders to ensure the successful implementation of the East Coast Rail Link project while prioritizing the safety and well-being of the communities and the environment.

ECRL Kuantan Tunnel and Conservation Efforts

On the 6th of March 2023, We took a small group of media to visit Kemasul forest and Kuantan Tunnel in collaboration with MRL to showcase the environmental and wildlife efforts CCCECRL has put in place along the 655 km alignment.

The alignment will traverse through a diversity of habitats, including dipterocarp forests and mangrove forests. With such a diversity of habitats and a large area of remnant vegetation, the project area supports a high diversity of terrestrial fauna, including some species of conservation significance.

The greatest extent of wildlife habitats in Peninsular Malaysia is located within forest reserves, some of the most important habitats have been set aside for preservation within protected areas, whereas some pockets of habitats are located on State land or alienated land. Overall, a significant number of wild animal species in Peninsular Malaysia are afforded protection under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716), which is enforced throughout the peninsula by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN).

10th Anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative at Section 1 Base Camp

Kota Bharu, 22nd February – CCC – ECRL celebrated their 10th Anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative in Kelantan with a remarkable event held at our Section 1 Base Camp on 22nd February 2023.

The event was graced by YB Hj. Mohd Huzaimy bin Che Husin, the representative of the Deputy Menteri Besar of Kelantan, Mr. Tang Rui, the Minister at the Chinese Embassy in Malaysia, Mr. Samuel Lee, the Chairman of Malaysia Friends of Silk Road Club, Mr. Ye Xiao Yang, the Deputy Project Director of CCC-ECRL, as well as representatives from NGOs and media organizations who joined us to commemorate this significant milestone.

To mark this special occasion, CCC-ECRL demonstrated its commitment to the local community by organizing a meaningful act of kindness. As part of the celebration, we donated food items to 80 residents of Kampung Halban, Kelantan, extending support and spreading joy to those in need.

The event created an atmosphere of gratitude, unity, and appreciation for the strong partnership between CCC – ECRL and the local community in Kelantan. It served as a testament to the fruitful collaboration that has been established over the past decade, contributing to the progress and development of the Belt and Road Initiative in Malaysia.

Official Visit to ECRL Tunjong and Flood Relief Mission by Deputy Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan

Pasir Puteh, 27 DEC – Deputy Minister of Finance, Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan made an official visit to ECRL Tunjong, in conjunction for a Flood Aid Distribution Program with representatives of CCC-ECRL and Malaysia Rail Link (MRL) in the form of basic necessities to help assist flood victims in both Kelantan and Terengganu.


Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan and his party first visited the office and living area of Section 1’s camp, as well as the steel bar factory, silo and mixing station, and spoke highly of the branch’s camp construction and working environment. Accompanying the Deputy Minister of Finance on a two-day visit was MRL Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Sri Darwis Abdul Razak, and China Communications Construction (ECRL) Sdn Bhd (CCCECRL) Deputy Project Director & Chief Engineer Deng Bo.


Apart from the inspection, China Communications Construction (ECRL) Sdn Bhd (CCC-ECRL), main contractor and Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL), asset owner of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) Project continued their efforts in Flood Aid Distribution to the flood victims around Malaysia as they handed out donations in several locations in Kelantan namely Machang and Pasir Puteh. In Terengganu, donations where handed out to flood victims at Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung La, Hulu Besut and Dewan Telok Kalong Kijal, Kemaman.


In Kelantan, about 70 per cent of the construction work in Sections 1 and 2 of the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL), covering 82km from Tunjong here to Setiu in Terengganu, was affected by floods last week. CCC-ECRL and MRL hope that the donations would help ease the situation suffered by the flood victims. 


Technical Visit To ECRL Genting Tunnel Project Site by Integrated Asset Planning Branch (CPAB), JKR Malaysia

On 22nd December 2022, the Integrated Asset Planning Branch (CPAB) from JKR Malaysia made a technical visit to the Genting Tunnel project site.

A delegation of 39 officers led by JKR’s Integrated Asset Planning Branch Senior Director, Dato’ Ir. Hj Zulkipli Hj Nasri was welcomed and accompanied by MRL’s Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Sri Darwis Abdul Razak, together with MRL’s Head of Construction, Noor Azlan Salleh and Corporate Director of CCC-ECRL Grace Cheng.

The purpose of this technical visit was to provide exposure and a knowledge sharing session to CPAB, JKR officers regarding the best practices of asset and project management in the implementation of mega and complex projects, including construction methods and technologies used in project implementation as well as aspects of mitigation and facility management that are applied once the project is operational.

They were briefed about the project updates, the challenges faced by them during the current monsoon season as well as measures taken place to ensure a steady and on-track progress of the mega project.

The delegation hopes that ECRL achieves its goal in connecting lives and accelerating growth especially within the local community in the state with numerous intangible benefits.

Construction of the 16.4 km Genting Tunnel portion of the ECRL began in May 2022. Once completed, the Genting Tunnel on the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) will serve as a key component for the shortening of travel distance between Bentong and Kuala Lumpur.


Section 7 visit by Deputy Director of Malaysia Land Public Transport Agency (APAD)

Recently, En.Ahmad Radhi Bin Maarof, Deputy Director of the Malaysian Land Public Transport Agency ( APAD), visited the construction site of the Yunding Tunnel and the Sungai Tua No. 1 Tunnel Section 7 of the CCCC Malaysia East Rail Project. The owner, Malaysia Rail Link (MRL), project general manager and relevant personnel from the branch, accompanied the project.

In the workshop meeting room at the exit of Yunding Tunnel, Deputy Director En.Ahmad Radhi Bin Maarof and his party first listened to the work report on the construction progress, key and difficult points of construction, construction technology, safety control and other aspects of Yunding Tunnel, and then conducted a briefing on the construction site.

During the construction process, Section 7 has strictly controlled the progress, quality, safety, environment and other factors, and achieved remarkable results, which was highly affirmed by the Malaysian Land Public Transport Agency (APAD). ECRL Section 7 will continue to strictly control the quality in the follow-up production work, strictly implement the management measures, and provide a strong guarantee for the smooth completion of the project.