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Malaysia respects Thailand decision on Kra Canal project

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May 08, 2019 22:20 pm


KUALA LUMPUR (May 8): The Malaysian Government will respect Thailandís decision if that country wants to go ahead with the Kra Canal project, the Dewan Negara was told today.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar said he did not foresee the project having a huge impact on Malaysian ports.

He said this in response to a supplementary question from Senator Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah who wanted to know the Government's response after Thailand announced it would review the construction of the 102-km canal.

Meanwhile, Kamarudin said, the country's ports have shown progress based on a nine percent increase in cargo handling in the first quarter of this year compared with the same period last year.

The Kra Canal project is a Chinese BRI initiative. Commercially and strategically it will be quite significant when completed. See the map at the link. (poor resolution but good enough)

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