Malaysian Company Proposes To Build Rail Line Linking Ports Of Songkhla And Penang
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 28 (Bernama) — A Malaysian company has proposed to build railway tracks linking the sea ports of Penang and Songkhla, said Thailand Ambassador to Malaysia Damrong Kraikruan.
Thai and Malaysian government representatives are expected to meet in the next few weeks to dwell on the subject, he said, adding that the proposal was mooted by a company which is said to be related to a renowned Malaysian tycoon with a link to the Penang Port.
This idea will benefit both ports as they can serve as transit ports before goods are shipped to international destinations, he told a media briefing on the Malaysia-Thailand trade and investment ties here today.
This proposal is new and unheard of other than the multi-billion dollar Kra Canal plan, which was tossed as early as 1677 but it was not taken taken up due to cost and environmental concerns.
With renewed interest in the canal plan from Thailand, if it were to materialise, the canal could pose a challenge to ports along the Straits of Melaka such as Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas Port, as well as the Singapore Port…..