13 November 2021

The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) has the potential to further drive tourism in Paya Besar when it operates in five years, paving the way for the popular recreational spot to become a premier tourist destination for both locals and visitors alike.

Deputy Finance Minister I, Mohd Shahar Abdullah, said the 665km rail network will improve connectivity for tourists from the Klang Valley and the East Coast states to Paya Besar, and enable them to explore the natural heritage and attractions.

It is also expected to promote business and investment opportunities and increase employment prospects that meet the expectation of the local populace,” said Mohd Shahar.

He said this during the Paya Besar ‘Discover ECRL’ photography contest prize giving ceremony on 13 November 2021.

Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Sri Darwis Abdul Razak said the ECRL Project has achieved overall progress of more than 28 percent in Pahang, which is on track to be completed as scheduled by December 2026.

Managing Director of China Communications Construction (ECRL) Sdn Bhd (CCC-ECRL) Kong Qi, believes the contest celebrates one of the ECRL Project’s core values which involves preserving the natural environment along the alignment.

“We are committed to protecting the environment surrounding our worksites, for example, using silt traps and in-situ meters to prevent industrial water pollution and organizing waste storage and management to prevent pollution in the sites’ vicinity,” said Kong.

Hamzi Faiz Muhamad’s shot of the beautiful cascading waterfalls of Air Terjun Sungai Pandan in Panching has been selected as the winner.

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