PETALING JAYA: More than 1,000 construction companies have applied for the 40% civil works portion of the RM44 billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project, according to project owner Malaysia Rail Link (MRL).
In a joint statement with ECRL’s main contractor, China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC), it said 1,321 submissions were received during the pre-qualification exercise to identify potential subcontractors, held on May 29 and 30.
“Participation of G7 category of CIDB-rated companies topped the list with 859 submissions (65%). This was followed by the Grade G5 category with 134 submissions and Grade G4 category with 132 submissions.
“The remaining consisted of Grade G3 and Grade G6, with 104 submissions and 92 submissions respectively,” it said.
MRL also noted the participation of Bumiputera companies which it called “very encouraging”, with 994 Bumiputera engineering and construction companies representing 75.25% of overall registration.
“We hope that the ECRL project will be an exemplary government project that demonstrates the capabilities of our local contractors to work with an international contractor in carrying out and meeting the high standards of a large-scale infrastructure project,” said MRL CEO Darwis Abdul Razak.
China Communications Construction (ECRL) managing director Bai Yinzhan meanwhile voiced hope that local contractors would benefit from the cooperation and sharing of knowledge and technology.
MRL said it would now work closely with CCCC to evaluate and shortlist potential tenderers for the project’s civil works packages.
The 640km rail network is expected to link Kota Bharu to Putrajaya in approximately four hours.
Work on the project is scheduled for completion by December 2026.