31 Oct '16, 11am

Malaysia awards new East Coast Rail Link project to China company

KUALA LUMPUR (Bloomberg) – Chinese companies will finance and build a 620-kilometre rail line spanning the east coast of peninsular Malaysia with construction set to begin as early as next year, the New Straits Times reported. The construction contract will be awarded to China Communications Construction Co, while a financing agreement will be signed with Export-Import Bank of China during Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit this week, the paper said, citing Finance Ministry official Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah. Najib this month said the project will cost an estimated 55 billion ringgit (S$18.3 billion). China companies including those linked to the government have increased their holdings in Malaysia in the past year, including buying stakes in energy and property assets linked to a troubled state investment company. The purchases have raised concern that China i...

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