KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 ― The tender specifications for the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) Line 3 must be made public as it is a project of public importance, federal Opposition lawmaker Ong Kian Ming asserted today.
The Serdang MP said that clarity was needed as the financial scheme for the project, estimated to cost between RM35 billion and RM40 billion, has changed from Project Delivery Partner (PDP) model to a turnkey model.
“But given the cost of this project, the changes in the construction and financing terms, and high level of public interest, I call upon the tender specifications of the MRT Line 3 to be publicly disclosed to answer many of the questions which have been raised,” he said in a statement.
Ong who is from the DAP also pointed out that unlike the earlier two MRT projects, the track alignments for the MRT Line 3 has not been decided or confirmed, which he says raises more questions.
“If the alignment is not confirmed, how can the bidders for the turnkey contractor accurately assess the total cost of building the MRT Line 3?” he asked.
“For comparison, the MRT2 alignment went on public display in May 2015 and the first tender for the project’s advanced works was accepted only in November of that year,” Ong said, adding that bidders for the MRT Line 3 project would not have sufficient time to put out proper proposals and would also not know what was involved until after the bidding process.
He also questioned if the turnkey contractor who will also be responsible for 90 per cent of the financing of the MRT Line 3 project be subject to the same incentives and punishments as the PDP model used for the first two MRT lines.
The Edge Financial Daily reported MRT Corp CEO Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar telling a media briefing yesterday that his company has enough experience to manage the turnkey contractor for the MRT Line 3 and urged for the project not to be politicised.