We urge the Government to ensure that
Gamuda and Malaysian Mining Corporation (MMC) complete their projects
such as the smart tunnel in Kuala Lumpur
by Dr Tan Seng Giaw
(Kuala Lumpur, Friday): Yesterday, Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced that the Cabinet had decided to do so because the Government has priority for other more important projects such as health, education and socio-economic projects under the 8th Malaysia Plan (8MP). The double-track project is not under 8MP, the total allocation of which has been increased from RM110 billion to RM160 billion.
The railway project that was estimated to cost RMRM14.5 billion was given to Gamuda and MMC, causing Ircon to be shocked. Ircon is the consortium of China and India; it had a letter of intent on the project. Both countries are major importers of Malaysian palm oil.
One of the projects contracted to Gamuda and MMC are the smart tunnel, the flood mitigation project in Kuala Lumpur. Among others, Gamuda is also working on Bukit Badong water plant. Gamuda’s series of projects within and outside this country may amount to RM6.7 billion. With the postponement, it may be reduced to RMRM1.6 billion.
We hope that the Government action will not affect projects such as the flood and water projects stated above. Will the smart tunnel be completed in time? Will the works be according to specifications? The Government will have to let the people know.
* Dr Tan Seng Giaw, DAP National Vice Chairman & MP for Kepong