KUALA LUMPUR – The Damansara Member of Parliament cum the Political Secretary of Finance Minister, Tony Pua alleged that directors of MMC-Gamuda had deliberately seek public sympathy by promoting the campaign to ‘save 20,000 jobs’ to cover their own weaknesses.
In an open letter to MMC-Gamuda, Tony alleged that the Ministry of Finance (MOF) had terminated the underground works contract of the Mass Rapid Transit 2 (MRT2) as the company refused to give in to the required price reduction, in accordance to the independent engineering consultant appointed by the MOF.
He said, on 7 September, the director of Gamuda-MMC had offered to reduce the price further to RM14.58 billion for the Underground contract, making it RM32 billion for the entire MRT2 project, which represented a cost saving of RM2.13 billion or a 12.7 percent reduction.
Nevertheless, based on the study by the independent engineering consultant, MRT Corp should expect total savings of between RM4.19 and RM5.79 billion for the estimated remaining 60 percent portion of works yet to be completed.
“Let me applaud you for putting up a great show. You sought sympathy, claiming the loss of jobs for no less than 20,000 people. Wow! Your social media actively promoted a campaign to “Save 20,000 Jobs”, asking Malaysians to sign the petition.
“You have issued a letter proclaiming innocence, claiming that you were waiting for an offer from the Finance Ministry (MOF). You questioned the qualifications of the independent engineering consultant we have engaged. You implied that the decision to terminate was hasty and ill-conceived.
“We had no intention of engaging with you in a public war of words. We tend to reserve that for our political opponents.
“The PH government has decided to terminate the MMC-Gamuda contract as we honour the mandate and trust the people has given us and maximise the savings we can reasonably derive from the project,” he elaborated on the termination of MMC-Gamuda MRT2 contract which had become viral as it has caused almost 20,000 employees with a majority of the bumiputera to go jobless, besides giving a negative impact to the national strategic economy.
The Chief Executive Officer of MRT Corp Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar said, the termination and opening a new tender of the underground works which is now 39 percent completed would be more complicated as the timeline for the process could only be determined once the details are finalised.
Tony Pua also expressed his shock that MMC-Gamuda is seemingly trying to blame the cabinet and the government for terminating the contract.
“And you seriously telling Malaysians to blame the cabinet for the termination?
“Or would you then pick a different target, as you implied in your media statement, that the independent consulting engineers aren’t sufficiently qualified – despite employing more than 500 staff with a track record of having completed more than 80 projects in 24 countries outside of Malaysia?
“Was it because the government-appointed independent consulting engineer exposed the frequently expounded lie that the cost of MRT1 and MRT2 are well below the average cost of construction of various Asian metros, because no one was actually able to substantiate the data provided?
“Should we instead question why MMC-Gamuda had initially agreed to, but subsequently refused to share costing data with the independent consulting engineer to justify its cost, claiming ‘trade secrets’?” he questioned. – MalaysiaGazette