Visitors to a showroom view a scale model of the East Coast Rail Link in Kuantan. Photo: AP

Malaysia banks on Chinese builder to boost business along East Coast Rail Link as project relaunches after wrangling

  • Transport minister says securing China Communications Construction as an operator rather than just a developer is a ‘major breakthrough’
  • Beijing-backed firm will help spur development along 640km route following nine months in which project’s future hung in the balance
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Visitors to a showroom view a scale model of the East Coast Rail Link in Kuantan. Photo: AP
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.