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  1. #51
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    Oct 2008
    Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT costs a few times more than Hangzhou Metro?

    5th Dec 2012

    Hangzhou’s new 48km Metro rail line costs RM11bn. How much is the 51km Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT going to cost? RM50bn?

    What’s more, the Hangzhou line has to use complex technology as it runs underneath the West lake, Qiantang River, the Grand Canal and several railway lines, as one Malaysian activist pointed out.

    The Hangzhou line:

    Building on the success of Beijing Metro Line 4 and Shenzhen Metro Longhua Line, Hangzhou Metro Line 1 is MTR Corporation’s third metro investment project in the mainland.

    The new 48 km line is a Public-Private Partnership project with a total capital cost of about $3.5 billion.

    MTR Corporation has a 49 per cent stake in Hangzhou MTR with the balance owned by Hangzhou Metro Group Company Limited. Hangzhou MTR will operate the line for 25 years.

    via Hangzhou Metro starts operation – Rail News from

    The Sungai Buloh-Kajang line:
    Now that we are concentrating on one line Sg Buloh-Kajang we have asked them for an estimate and they said it may cost RM18bil to RM20bil to construct. This does not include the rolling stock, land acquisitions and other provisions.” Land Public Transport Commission chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal said the Government was doing all it could to drive down the cost.
    “With land acquisition and rolling stock, it could come up to RM50bil, but it is too early to say,” he said. “We will know the full picture later as the project is still at the public display stage. This will end in middle of May. … From the feedback, we will then consider the alignment and the length of the platforms for the stations, whether it is a four-car train or more,” Mohd Nur added. He said that once the public display was over, a target cost would be worked and agreed on. Once the tender was over, it may be different from the target cost, he said.
    via MRT project cost now estimated to reach RM50b.

    Even if we exclude rolling stock and land acquisition cost (and why should we exclude that?), the actual construction cost is still much higher than Hangzhou’s.

    So why the vast disparity in the cost? I think we need independent auditors to scrutinise the costing and tendering of this massive project.

  2. #52
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    Oct 2008
    First RM 35 Billion. Next RM 53 Billion. Now RM 23 Billion. It shows the people running this project don't know what they are doing and should be sacked.

    MRT within RM23b budget, on target to be ready by July 2017

    December 20, 2012
    KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 — The Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT project will not cost over RM23 billion and is on track for completion by July 2017, said Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) chief executive officer Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid.

    Market talk has it that the cost of MRT Line 1 project would exceed RM23 billion and go as high as RM50 billion.

    “We will ensure the project stays within the budget,” he said at a media briefing on the MRT Project Progress Report 2012 here today.

    As at December 18, 2012, MRT Corp has awarded a total of 54 packages worth RM20.31 billion out of 85 packages, he said.

    “The remaining 31 packages worth around RM3 billion will be gradually awarded,” Azhar said.

    On the participation of the Bumiputera contractors, he said the value of contracts awarded to date against the total awarded stood at 45 per cent.

    Earlier he said, three per cent of the project had been completed since groundwork began in March.

    “We will be able to meet the deadline. The construction work will be intense in the next 24 months,” Azhar said.

    He said most engagements along the 51km alignment had gone well but there were some areas with issues, namely, Pinggir Zaaba in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Jalan Sultan, Jalan Bukit Bintang and SJK (C) Naam Kheung in Cheras.

    “We have initiated whatever action we can to avoid the issues affecting them.

    “It is their right if they choose to take legal action but we will continue this public transport project,” he said.

    In another development, Azhar said MRT Corp was ready to undertake MRT Line 2 and Line 3, which were currently under final planning and evaluation by the Land Public Transport Commission.

    “It is good if we were given the responsibilities to monitor and track the projects.

    “We already have the expertise and equipment to handle that,” he said.

    The government is expected to announce the alignment and station locations of Line 2 and Line 3 next year. — Bernama

  3. #53
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    Government set to compulsorily acquire land for MRT project, historic hotel owners say

    UPDATED @ 06:48:54 PM 12-06-2013
    JUNE 12, 2013

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 12 – The government is set to compulsorily acquire the land of a historical building in the city centre here to push for its ambitious Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) railway project despite fierce protests, the Lok Ann Hotel said today.

    Following a two-year long struggle with authorities, Lok Ann Hotel’s owners said this move came after they refused to sign a Mutual Agreement (MA) with MRT Corp which contained terms they consider to be unfair.

    “Because we cannot agree on the terms of the MA, we are now facing land acquisition, where we risk losing the entire property, which means we may lose Lok Ann,” Judy Tan, a spokesperson for the hotel located at Jalan Sultan, said at a press conference here.

    “The Land Administrator will make the order for acquisition tomorrow, this is what they say. Tomorrow we will go to the Land Office again and wait for the decision from the Land Administrator,” Tan later added, having attended a land hearing at the Land Office earlier today.

    Lok Ann’s lawyer Abdul Malik Abdul Hakim told the press that there are two possible options for his clients to take up if the acquisition order is awarded tomorrow, namely through the judicial review process and under the Land Acquisition Act.

    DAP’s Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun said he will bring up this issue in Parliament, having described the MA as being a “lopsided agreement” that was only favourable to MRT Corp.

    Under the proposed MA, MRT Corp sought to get Lok Ann to surrender its land title for realienation, which would then led to the surrender of their underground land.

    Earlier in the press conference, Tan highlighted a few terms of the MA which the hotel owners had found unacceptable, including the requirement for Lok Ann to seek MRT Corp’s consent for future redevelopment and sub-sale of the property.

    Two other terms which Lok Ann had objected to was the giving of a Power of Attorney to MRT Corp for the land’s realienation application at the Land Office, and the compensation amount as well as the payment milestone which was stretched to the project’s completion.

    Tan claimed the compensation was a mere “token sum” and did not reflect the actual value of Lok Ann’s loss of the underground land, and did not provide for future contingencies such as property damage or injuries.

    “To us, taking away part of our land without adequate and proper compensation is a land grab,” she said.

    MRT Corp had said it will not budge from these terms, Tan said, which led to the failure of both parties to reach a mutual agreement.

    “We refuse to be forced into signing the MA, because negotiation should be on equal basis, equal level and not under threat of the land acquisition,” Tan said.

    According to Lok Ann’s Tan Shang Hou, the Tan family had bought the two-storey shoplot ini 1938, with the building having been rebuilt in 1950.

    Out of over 20 landowners in Jalan Sultan, only three – Lok Ann, Kuala Lumpur Gospel Hall and Yan Keng Benevolent Dramatic Association – were previously reported to have firmly rejected the inking of any agreements with MRT Corp.

    When contacted this evening, KL Gospel Hall’s elder Jimmy Chok told The Malaysian Insider that the church is currently in talks with MRT Corp on a mutual agreement, while confirming that the Land Office had not called them up for any land hearings.

    “Because we have indicated that we are not accepting any land acquisition and we will work on a mutual agreement, so Land Office in this case they have been quite good, not calling us for any hearing,” Chok said.

    Some of the landowners had previously repeatedly pressed the government to withdraw the land acquisition gazette, saying that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s promise was not legally binding.

    Last year, Najib had told the Jalan Sultan landowners that the previous land acquisition notice would be rescinded to pave way for a mutual agreement, saying that the notice “will be withdrawn in a matter of time”.

    MRT Corp, which is wholly-owned by the Ministry of Finance Incorporated, had said that it does not intend to demolish or acquire any privately-owned buildings in the Chinatown area and will only tunnel under their land.

    But MRT Corp said it needed to strike mutual agreements with the Jalan Sultan landowners first before it could get the government to stop the land acquisition process.

    Under the mutual agreements, landowners would reportedly continue to hold rights to their property provided they agree to vacate the area for six months to facilitate tunnelling work for the project.

    The RM50 billion MRT, meant to ease traffic congestion in the Klang Valley, is Malaysia’s most expensive infrastructure project to date.

  4. #54


    Malaysia's railway is awesome, its trains are cool and affordable as well. I love the shape of the train, and Malaysia's upcoming projects are mind blowing.

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