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26/9: Forum: Was Malaysians screwed by MRT?

On Monday, I attended a forum organised by DAP. The title was “MRT:Are Malaysians taken for a Ride?” But I like mine better.

Among the panellists were Tony Pua (MP for PJU), Fong Kui Lun (MP for BB), William Leong (MP for Selayang) and Rajiv Rishyakaran (from TRANSIT).

Among the issues raised were:

  1. How SPAD is trying to acquire unnecessary surface land on Jalan Sultan and Jalan Bukit Bintang for the underground MRT line though the amended Land Act doesn’t require so. The matter is in court now, and the court decision will set a precedent whether government can acquire unrelated land to finance a development project in the future.
  2. The Klang Valley Public Transportation Masterplan Framework has not been produced but the MRT project gets the go-ahead.
  3. Conflict of interests in Gamuda-MMC being the project delivery partner (PDP), selection of tenders and burden of cost overruns.
  4. Confirmation of Gamuda-MMC as PDP (contract signed) but the cost of project has not been finalised (WTF!)
  5. Humongous project costs (some say up to RM53bil), when other options are not exhausted. Eg. – Purchase of additional 3,000 buses only cost RM1.8bil (Prasarana now only has 900 buses on the roads)

It was an insightful forum. Good crowds.

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Below are pictures of KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.

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Marriage Registry on the 1st floor

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A theatre on the 2nd floor

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There is a Purple Cane restaurant at the back

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