Pua: More opportunities when new project awarded at lower cost

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KUALA LUMPUR — The Cabinet chose to reopen tender for a section of the MRT2 as it would entail the greatest savings to the public, said the political secretary to the finance minister.

In an open letter to MMC-Gamuda yesterday, the finance minister’s political secretary and Damansara MP Tony Pua questioned the firm over the intent of its public response and asked if it truly intended to foment public dissatisfaction with the ruling government over the MRT2 underground project.

Pua explained in the letter that MMC-Gamuda’s offer would have resulted in a reduction of RM2.13 billion, or 12.7 per cent.

Pua compared this with results compiled by an independent engineering consultant hired by the government, which forecasted possible savings between RM4.19 and RM5.79 billion for the estimated remaining 60 per cent of incomplete works.

“The Cabinet obviously made the decision to pick the latter. And you seriously telling Malaysians to blame the Cabinet for the termination?” Pua said.

Pua also denied the project was being scrapped, after MMC-Gamuda claimed that over 20,000 jobs would be affected following the termination.

“You will find plenty of opportunities when the new project is awarded at a lower cost, while the savings generated would mean even more projects for the future,” he said.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said yesterday that MMC-Gamuda was free to participate in the new tender.