MMC Gamuda wants fresh negotiations over MRT2 project

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KUALA LUMPUR: MMC Gamuda today welcomed the decision by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to review the cancellation of the company’s Mass Rapid Transit Line 2 (MRT 2) underground contract.

It hoped the government would invite it back to the negotiating table as part of that review process.

MMC Gamuda said in a statement today that it would adopt an “open book approach with the appointment of an international engineering consulting firm that possesses the necessary experience and track record in assessing tunnelling works around the world, and as such, be in the best position to re-examine where savings can be derived”.

It wants further discussions with the ministry of finance in reaching an agreeable reduction in costs.

The statement comes a day after Mahathir said the government would reconsider the decision to retender the underground works contract for the MRT2 project.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had earlier said the Cabinet had, as part of cost-saving measures, decided to terminate the MMC Gamuda contract to build the underground portion of the project. He had said that all underground work that had yet to be completed would be retendered through an international open tender system.

Lim said this after the government and MMC Gamuda failed to reach an agreement on cost savings.

It led to an outcry, especially by workers affected by the decision. It was claimed that 20,000 workers would lose their jobs.

MMC Gamuda said today: “Our request in return for the open-book approach is that our Intellectual Property (IP) rights and commercially sensitive information are duly respected as such, by the said reviewing consultant and all reviewing parties, during the review process.”

The company said it would leave the matter “in the good hands” of Mahathir.