MRT work packages worth RM20m awarded to Bumi contractors

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 3 — Several work packages under the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) worth some RM20 million have been awarded to Bumiputera contractors on Jan 29, 2013.

The Malay Contractors Association of Malaysia (PKMM) president Datuk Mokhtar Samad said the distribution of the contracts was effected through balloting amongst the 500 D, E and F Class contractors.

"The balloting has created 44 types of works and projects with a combined value of RM20 million for selected contractors.

"The projects that have been distributed involve landscaping works, fencing and gates, drainage, maintenance of MRT buildings and others," he told Bernama recently.

"The association wish to convey our gratitude to MRT Corp Sdn Bhd which has started to show its concerns to the fate of the Bumiputera contractors in line with the prime minister's transformation so as to not leave out the local Malays in any development projects," he added.

Some RM250 million of the massive RM20 billion MRT project, managed by MRT Corp, had been allocated by the government to be disbursed to D, E, and F Class Bumiputera contractors registered with the Contractors Services Centre and Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), covering Petaling district, Kuala Lumpur and Kajang.

It was reported earlier that out of the RM250 million, 12 minor contracts worth RM15 million had been disbursed while more than 50 minor contracts totalling RM235 million have not been awarded yet.

Mokhtar said the association also hoped that the remaining contracts could be allocated to Malay contractors so that they are continuously given the opportunities and not be left out in developing the country. — Bernama


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