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Thread: Kelana Jaya LRT to Subang Jaya - dialogue with Prasarana & MCA

  1. #11
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    2nd highest bidder granted the contract.

    British joint-venture gets Kelana LRT job for RM670m

    UPDATED @ 05:29:59 PM 21-06-2011 June 21, 2011

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    KUALA LUMPUR, June 21 — A Malaysia-British joint-venture has won the coveted Kelana Jaya light rail transit extension project for RM670 million, operator Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad said today.
    Prasarana said it issued the Letter of Award to CMC-Colas-Uniway (CCU) to undertake works worth RM673, 920, 651.04.

    “The job entails the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of system works for the Kelana Jaya Line Extension project,” Prasarana said in a statement.

    It said the Kelana Jaya line will be extended from Kelana Jaya Station by another 17km to Putra Heights through 13 new stations.

    The LRT extension project was announced in Budget 2009 and undertaken to improve the efficiency of the public transportation in the Klang Valley.

    The Singapore Straits Times reported yesterday that a Finance Ministry committee decided on the CCU, led by British firm Colas, after controversially awarding the deal last week to another joint venture.

    But the committee’s latest decision ahead of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s visit to London next month continues to ignore the recommendation of SPNB for the contract to be awarded to a third company in the frame.

    Last week, The Malaysian Insider reported that the committee ordered SPNB to award the deal to the Hartasuma Sdn Bhd-Bombardier joint-venture, whose RM890 million bid is nearly 50 per cent higher than the RM610 million quoted by SPNB’s pick, Ingress Corp Bhd-Balfour Beatty Rail Sdn Bhd.

    The Singapore Straits Times quoted political analysts and industry executives as saying that the “behind-the-scenes intrigue shows how opaque and non-transparent practices that have long characterised large public-sector contract awards remain the order of the day in Malaysia.”

    Calling the LRT deal “a strong test case” for the Najib administration, the Singapore Straits Times said the decision to override SPNB was “likely to dull Kuala Lumpur’s efforts to attract much-needed foreign investment”.

    SPNB is spending some RM7 billion for the extension of both Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT rail networks. The Kelana Jaya network will be extended 17km while the Ampang one will be extended by 17.7km.

    The wholly-owned unit of the Finance Ministry was forced to cave in to pressure from Malay rights groups last month when it revised pre-qualification criteria for several construction packages for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) by allowing joint ventures or consortiums.

    It had earlier imposed additional criteria on contractors taking part in the project tender which disallowed them from forming joint ventures or consortiums.

    Malay rights group Perkasa, however, accused Prasarana of blocking Bumiputera contractors from participating by enforcing strict guidelines that would only benefit “rich non-Bumis,” adding that project delivery partner MMC-Gamuda was “looting and monopolising” the project.

    The KVMRT is expected to be the largest ever construction project in Malaysia and had earlier been estimated to cost between RM36 billion and RM53 billion.

  2. #12
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    Disquiet over winner of Ampang LRT RM960m system works

    UPDATED @ 07:37:08 AM 29-06-2012
    By Jahabar Sadiq

    June 29, 2012

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 — The speculated winner of the Ampang Light Rail Transit (LRT) system works, the George Kent consortium, was one of three bidders which failed both the technical and commercial evaluation for the RM960 million contract, say sources.
    The Malaysian Insider understands that only five of the eight bidders passed the technical and commercial evaluation stage but project owner Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB) finally recommended one of the two South Korean consortiums in the running — PDA Consortium — as the other consortiums were said to not have complied with all conditions.

    However, at least one of the bidders that passed all evaluations and put in a lower bid was not considered because SPNB said it did not comply with all conditions.

    “George Kent was never in the running as it failed both the technical and commercial evaluation, so it’s a surprise that it is speculated to be the winner and PKR is making a fuss about it,” a source told The Malaysian Insider.

    PKR officials have shown copies of official documents to the press, showing that the Ministry of Finance’s (MoF) Acquisition Committee, which met this January 25, had decided to award the contract to Balfour Bratty Invensys Consortium. The committee is the highest decision-making body in the MoF and is chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also finance minister.

    But a Business Times article this month speculated that logistics consortium George Kent was to get the project, repeating its report from a year ago. But the report has yet to be verified although PKR has been asking Najib to clear the air over the contract winner.

    The Malaysian Insider sighted several reports linked to the tender which showed that George Kent never had experience in rail engineering or handled such a massive project. According to the reports, the consortium, known more in the water industry, has only done projects worth up to RM40 million.

    Sources said those reviewing the presentations from all eight bidders found that George Kent had very little ideas to undertake the key system works, which involves setting up a new signals system for the existing and future extension above the existing system.

    “This project involves signalling and, crucially, the safety of all those who ride on the LRT along that line. So they have to choose an experienced company to build this,” a source told The Malaysian Insider.

    The pro-government Business Times said Putrajaya was due to announce the winning bidder by the end of June, adding that George Kent was tipped to get the lucrative project. The highest bid received for the project tender, which closed on June 16, was RM1.45 billion.

    But PKR’s sheaf of documents showed that the SPNB meeting on December 2, 2011, had recommended PDA Consortium to undertake the project for RM1.12 billion over 44 months. SPNB is a wholly-owned unit of the MoF and the company has budgeted RM1.5 billion for the system works.

    SPNB is spending some RM7 billion for the extension of both the Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT rail networks. The Ampang network will be extended by 17.7km.

    Apart from extending the current LRT lines, Putrajaya is also undertaking the multi-billion ringgit My Rapid Transit (MRT) that will snake through the capital city. The country’s most expensive infrastructure project is to be ready by June 2017 but there have been delays and reluctance by international companies to bid for the tenders on offer.

    “The industry wants a level playing field. They are wondering why the Ampang system works is hard to give out and the need for speculation about the winner,” an industry told The Malaysian Insider.

    The Land Transport Commission has announced that up to RM160 billion could be spent on railway infrastructure projects in the country, making Malaysia a tempting destination for international engineering firms.

  3. #13
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    Sunday, 22 July 2012 08:37Selangor govt told to weigh in on Ampang LRT extension

    Following concerns over safety of the LRT extension works in the state, the Selangor government has been told to intervene in the project if required.

    PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli, who earlier revealed that George Kent is poised to get the lucrative contract for the Ampang LRT extension despite failing an independent evaluation, said the state government could impose tighter conditions and set up a panel to review all decisions based on technical evaluation to ensure public safety.

    This was because Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad, the government-owned transport company, had taken lightly the issue of public safety, he said.

    He added that complaints by residents over safety of LRT extension from Putra Heights and Taman Alam Megah had fallen on deaf ears.

    “Prasarana had ignored the report and the alternative traffic research done by Selangor government which shows there is a better alternative route,” he said.

    The residents had complained that the LRT extension would run through a narrow path close to a pond and abandoned quarry. They also pointed out the dangerous ground structure on slopes.

    Rafizi said the state must take proactive measures to ensure appointed contractors are qualified, failing which he urged the project to be halted until safety conditions were met.


  4. #14
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    Hey guys, want to know where's all your money going?

    Beijing Shanghai High Speed Train: 350km/hr. USD 24 million/km.

    Malaysia Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT Line: RM 201.7 million/km (USD 64.5 million/km).

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    One killed, one injured in mishap at LRT extension project

    UPDATED @ 07:09:52 AM 30-03-2013
    MARCH 29, 2013
    A member of the public views a map of the LRT extension project. — file pic
    KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — A motorist was killed and another seriously injured when their cars were damaged in a mishap involving a support column for the railtrack of the LRT extension project along the Subang airport road near here tonight.

    The Malaysian Insider has confirmed the incident with the Kelana Jaya Police Station but was told that the authorities are still compiling details of what transpired during peak rush hour at 7.30pm.

    The source added two cars were badly damaged by the falling column. Traffic has been diverted from the area as police and officials are investigating the incident.

    Subang Jaya Fire and Rescue Department operations commandant Hazinan Md Yusof was quoted as saying by The Star Online that they received the distress call at 7.40pm and rushed to the scene to find that one person in a Nissan vehicle, identified as A. Vijaya Sigam. The 34-year-old had already died from the force of the impact, which crushed the roof of his vehicle.

    "Another person in a Hyundai Sonata suffered serious injuries but survived the impact. We managed to extract him safely around 8.20pm before rushing him to hospital.

    "The body of Vijaya was extracted 10 minutes later and sent to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre for a post-mortem," he told the news portal.

    Petaling Jaya OCPD ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed said investigations were ongoing into how the construction equipment had fallen. He said no one had yet been detained over the incident.

    LRT operator Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana) said it regretted the incident at KM15 of Jalan Lapangan Terbang Subang.

    "We have stopped all works involving the particular contractor on this section of the LRT Line Extension Project (LEP) and are working with the authorities to facilitate investigations of the incident.

    "Safety has always been our priority," Prasarana group director for project development Zulkifli Mohd Yusoff said in a statement.

    Where are their safety guidelines?

    Why are they working at night?

    Prasarana is spending some RM7 billion on the extension of both the Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT rail networks.

    The project involves a 17.7km route extension to the Ampang line, which will create 13 new stations, and a 17km extension to the Kelana Jaya line where there will also be 13 new stations.

    Upon completion, the two LRT lines will connect at the Putra Heights station and form a complete rail system in the Klang Valley.

    The Kelana Jaya line extension will be able to increase passenger capacity up to 98,000 during peak hours, while extension of the Ampang line can cater to 79,800 passengers.

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