Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) has slammed reports claiming that construction work on the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project is continuing even as the government has issued a suspension order, reported The Edge.
Describing the reports on a Chinese daily and an English daily as “inaccurate and misleading”, MRL underscored that “no other works to progress the project will take place during the suspension period, in line with the suspension order from the Minister of Finance”.
It noted that the ministry had issued the suspension order to the RM81 billion project’s engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contractor, China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC), including its subsidiary China Communications Construction Company (M) Sdn Bhd on 3 July.
During that same day, MRL was also instructed by the minister to issue a suspension order on all construction works and services provided under the EPCC contract.
“As per the ECRL EPCC contract provision, a suspension order will entail instructions for CCCC to secure all existing ECRL construction sites to minimise any damage and/or deterioration to the site during the suspension period. Securing the site also means ensuring all safety and environmental requirements imposed by relevant authorities were observed and complied with at all times, including over the periods of works suspension,” said MRL.
“As of July 8, 2018, CCCC was still carrying out some site securement works to comply with MRL’s instruction. CCCC or its sub-contractors’ workers will be present on site to carry out these works until MRL is satisfied that all ECRL construction sites have been duly secured. In addition, security personnel will be present to guard the premises to prevent any security breach.”
Once the construction site for the RM81 billion project is properly secured, no other works will proceed until further notice from MRL.
MRL revealed that CCCC will regularly check on the site during the suspension to ensure the existing works’ integrity and, if necessary, carry out remedial works to repair damages.
“MRL has fully complied to the Minister of Finance’s instruction to suspend all works and services regarding the ECRL Project until further notice. MRL has additionally taken all necessary steps to preserve the integrity and quality of all works done for the ECRL Project to date.”
The Star reported on 8 July that a young local employee at the ECRL research department continued with his work as no instruction was given to him to stop.
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