40% of RTS Link project’s construction portion set aside to Bumiputera contractors

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40% of RTS Link project’s construction portion set aside to Bumiputera contractors

Malaysia Rapid Transit System Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) revealed that around 40% of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project’s infrastructure construction portion will be set aside for Bumiputera contractors.

Of the RM3.7 billion cost for the Malaysia portion of the RTS project, RM2 billion is for infrastructure construction, said MRT Corp CEO Datuk Mohd Zarif Hashim, reported Bernama.

“So, 40% of the construction jobs (for Bumiputera) is worth RM800 million,” he said following the virtual ground-breaking ceremony for the proposed Bukit Chagar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex and as quoted by Bernama.

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He noted that the jobs will be awarded to Grade 1 to 6 Bumiputera contractors. Details of the work packages will be announced by the state government next week, he added.

The virtual event was attended by Johor Sultan, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong and State Secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani.

Aside from a station in Bukit Chagar, the construction works include a depot in Wadi Hana, viaducts that would run through Johor Baru’s city centre and over the Straits of Johor to the Malaysian-Singapore boundary, as well as the Immigration, Customs and Quarantine Complex in Bukit Chagar.

The project facility will form part of a transit-oriented development which will also feature mixed development project and a multimodal transport hub.

“The multimodal transportation hub will have many many floors. I can’t remember how many (but) it will be a skycraper. So, out of the many floors, RTS will take up four floors for the purpose of ICQ,” he said.

“We are going to award these (packages) stage by stage and for now, we are only awarding the advanced works for the ICQ building, as well as reference and design for ICQ building.”

He added that the remaining projects will be awarded much later.

“For ICQ project, for subcontractors small contractors that will start coming in starting end of this year.”

In his speech, Mohd Zarif described the RTS development as a catalyst for Johor Baru development that would result in spill-over effects, which include job creation.

He shared that Sultan Ibrahim had also suggested organising a contest for the best façade design for the RTS station, with the design showcasing Johor uniqueness while bringing back the nostalgia of train travel as well as its history in the state.

On 30 July, a symbolic gesture marking the resumption of the RTS Link project was held, following three postponements, with the event attended by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as well as Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Conceived in 2010 and unveiled in 2011, the project would involve a four-kilometre shuttle system linking Bukit Chagar, Johor and Singapore’s Woodlands.

 

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