KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 – A total of 44 work packages, worth RM19.5 million, were awarded today to Class G1, G2, G3 Bumiputera contractors for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project.
In announcing this today, MRT Corp Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid said the contracts were part of the government’s target of achieving 43 per cent participation by Bumiputera contractors in the nation’s largest infrastructure project.
Speaking to reporters at a balloting ceremony, he said today’s balloting was the second to be held involving 541 applicants.
The first balloting was held at the end of last year where nine contractors were awarded RM7.5 million worth of contracts.
MRT Corp has allocated 250 work packages, worth RM200 million, specially for Bumiputera contractors.
“We expect most of the contracts to be awarded this year and the rest, latest, by the beginning of next year,” he said.
He added that MRT Corp would hold a ballot every quarter to award contracts for the construction of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line.
The work scope available for Bumiputera contractors in Class G1, G2 and G3 included the maintenance of existing road; surface drainage works; landscaping and turfing; road furniture; fencing; fencing and gates; taxi and bus stand construction.
“Successful Bumiputera contractors will undergo a mandatory two-day training before commencing construction works.
“Modules for this training are prepared by the Contractors Service Center under the Ministry of Works, Institute of Public Works Malaysia, Bumiputera Agenda Coordinating Unit and MRT Corp,” he added.
Contruction of the 51km MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang line, now in full swing, is expected to be completed in 2016 and commence operations in January 2017. – Bernama