KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 — Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana) said today it would continue to manage the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) until the official handover of the multi-billion ringgit project to MRT Co.
Government efficiency unit Pemandu announced last Thursday that MRT Co, under the Ministry of Finance Incorporated, would assume management roles on September 1.
“Works on the MRT project need to continue…it is only rational that we carry on with all works and programmes that had been decided before we officially hand it over to the new MRT Co,” said Prasarana Group managing director Shahril Mokhtar in a statement today.
“There are plenty of things that are already in the works like matters on procurement and briefings. Like today, we had already scheduled a briefing with property owners at Jalan Bukit Bintang on the land acquisition issue for the MRT. Tomorrow, we have scheduled a pre-tender briefing for all the pre-qualified contractors. All these meetings and all the firmly scheduled events need to go on and continue without disruption,” he added.
Government efficiency unit Pemandu said last Friday that companies that have pre-qualified for the MRT project would not have to reapply for pre-qualification.
It also quoted Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last Thursday as saying the government was fully committed to the timely and cost effective delivery of the MRT project.
“The Cabinet felt that it was necessary to have a dedicated unit focused solely on ensuring that our country’s biggest ever infrastructure is implemented with undivided attention to detail, smoothly and effectively, while maintaining transparent governance throughout the process,” he said.
Pemandu also said MRT Co would have a project management and technical team comprising experts in mass rail projects and would include expertise seconded from the current Prasarana MRT team.
It added that the team’s scope of responsibility involved project monitoring and tracking of the construction of all elevated structures, stations, depots as well as underground works, including tunnelling and stations.
Pemandu said MRT Co’s immediate and critical priority was to focus on ensuring the smooth implementation of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line.
The other parties involved in the MRT project are the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), as the supervising agency, and MMC-Gamuda, as the project delivery partner (PDP).
Pemandu added that when the project is completed, the operator of the MRT will still be RapidKL, a subsidiary of Prasarana, and that MMC-Gamuda will still serve as the PDP.
“We are a company set up by the government to support its efforts to transform the country’s public transportation system. In delivering our objectives, we, too, need support from other relevant parties,” said Shahril today.
“Public transportation is always about working closely with all our partners and our stakeholders. MRT Co is now a new partner to work with us on the MRT, which eventually will be part of our services and responsibility when it’s ready,” he added.