MMC-Gamuda contract: Cabinet will decide on any changes

KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng today stressed that the decision to terminate MMC-Gamuda’s contract to build the underground portion of the MRT Line 2 (MRT2) was made by the Cabinet.

“It was a Cabinet decision and if there are any changes, it must be decided by the Cabinet.

“I will only comment after the next Cabinet meeting,” he told reporters at the lobby of the Dewan Rakyat when asked if the termination of the contract, which sparked a controversy, was done appropriately.

Earlier this month, Putrajaya had announced the termination of MMC-Gamuda’s contract after the two parties failed to reach an agreement over cost reduction and related issues.

Lim had then said the decision was made after the government felt it could achieve “further significant savings”, compared with the offer made by MMC-Gamuda, by re-tendering the underground work package.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government will review its decision as any restructuring work could affect the livelihood of about 20,000 workers.

Datukship titles

Lim, who is also the DAP secretary-general, reiterated that the party leadership was dissatisfied that several party leaders had accepted Datukships.

DAP, he said, does not want to become like the Barisan Nasional, where members chased after such titles.

Lim said it was better to focus on serving the rakyat.

“I’m not a Datuk but I’ve been a leader all this while.”

Yesterday, the DAP central executive committee (CEC) said its elected representatives and local councillors should not accept titles and awards during their period of active political service.

The party’s national organising secretary, Anthony Loke, said elected representatives and local councillors should only receive titles and awards after retiring from active service.