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Old March 15th, 2005, 12:58 PM   #41
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EIGHTH MALAYSIA PLANS (RMK8) 2001-2005

b) Construction Of New Commuter Stations
- MidValley Station

May 2004







MidValley Phase 2

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New MidValley KTM Komuter Station To Begin Operation August 23, 2004 - Poster

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The major projects currently handled by the Division are :-

- ELECTRIFIED DOUBLE TRACK BETWEEN RAWANG AND IPOH
- RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AT BATU GAJAH
- EIGHTH MALAYSIA PLANS (RMK8) 2001-2005

a) Rolling Stock Upgrading
b) Construction Of New Commuter Stations
- MidValley Station
- Kepong Sentral Station
c) Rehabilitation Of Infrastructure For Sabah State Railways

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Kepong Sentral Station


This 42nd commuter station that will be constructed next to the Desa Complex, Kepong and located at the north of the existing Kepong Station is designed in-line with the concept adopted by the MidValley Station, i.e., disabled friendly station with parking facilities for park and ride commuters. The huge residential, industrial and commercial developments within the vicinity of the new station will provide potential increase to the commuter ridership.

The existing Kepong Station, with limited parking facilities and narrow access roads, is not conducive for park and ride concept of the commuter service. Kepong Sentral station with ample parking and contemporary facilities will mitigate this problem and is expected to attract huge patronage, particularly due to its strategic and convenient location and the presence of severe traffic congestion in this locality will make rail travel more preferable.

The award of construction contract was formalised on 28 September 2004 and the project will be implemented on a fast track design and built basis with completion by end 2005.

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c) Rehabilitaion Of Infrastructure for Sabah State Railways

The first phase of the Short Term Improvement Plan for the Sabah State Railway (SSR) was completed in November 2003. This RM10.67 million project was carried out jointly by KTM Berhad and SSR to sustain the present train operation and ensure that the minimum safety standard of the railway is maintained. Scope of work involved supply and renewal of sleepers and repairs of SSR’s existing rolling stocks.
The second phase of the Short Term Improvement Plan has been instituted to enhance SSR’s operational capability and safety that entails rehabilitation and upgrading of the railway infrastructure, rolling stock, signalling and communication systems. Implementation of the second phase has been approved by the Government and the completion of the work is expected within 3 years. Although geographically and administratively SSR has never been under KTM Berhad’s purview, KTM Berhad has been entrusted to undertake the implementation of the project on behalf of the Federal Government. All activities ranging from studies, data collection, preparation of needs statement, monitoring and site supervision will be utilising KTM Berhad’s in-house expertise.

The award of construction contract was formalised on 09 December 2004 and expected to be completed by mid 2007.



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Rail project delayed by contractor claims
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THE steering committee set up by the Transport Ministry to oversee the RM4.6 billion, 180km Ipoh to Rawang double tracking project, hasn’t met for more than 10 months, sources said yesterday.

Under the original plan, the special committee, headed by the Ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Zaharah Shaari, was to meet weekly with the lead contractors and the main sub-contractors of the project to help fast track the completion of the job, which has missed its target completion date by close to three years.

The double tracking project was supposed to be completed by 2002, but now industry players say that it might only be completed by early 2007.

The project is split into two portions. The first is the civil and structural works, which is worth about RM2.6 billion, and the second portion is the systems works, which is worth about RM2 billion.

The lead contractor for the civil and structural works is DRB Hicom Bhd, while the systems works contract was given to Mitsui & Co Ltd, Japan's second largest trading company.

The system works can only start when the civil portion is 90 per cent complete. The civil and structural works is said to be about 85 per cent complete.

Mail Money was told that the project is progressing at slightly under 0.5 per cent a month.

At its peak, the progress was between 0.5 per cent and 1 per cent a month.

Much of the delay is believed to be due to the variation claims put forward by the main contractors for the job.

Both Mitsui and DRB have put in compensation claims, which in total exceed RM1 billion.

It is believed that the steering committee hadn’t met partly because of the disputes regarding the financial claims, as the contractors want a clear picture if their claims will be paid.

Mail Money had previously reported that the Government is in the midst of negotiating with Mitsui over its claims, while the claims made by DRB might go into arbitration.

While its not known why the Ministry hasn’t called for a steering committee meeting, industry players say there is little value in calling for such a meeting now because the delay in the project is not because of logistics but is mostly centered on the financials.
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Electrified Double Track Project Between Rawang To Ipoh

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Riding on success of Midvalley


KTM Komuter received a much-needed boost with the amazing success of its station at Midvalley. It now hopes to replicate this experience in future projects, writes LEONG SHEN-LI.

IN the national scheme of things, the opening of the Midvalley KTM Komuter station in Kuala Lumpur would have hardly caused a ripple.
The new station was just an additional stop along the existing Rawang-Kuala Lumpur-Seremban line, and its RM12mil price tag hardly puts it in the league of mega projects.

In fact, in strict railwayman jargon, Midvalley is not even a station but a mere halt where trains stop just long enough for passengers to get on or off.
Yet, the station, located next to the busy Midvalley Megamall, has achieved something infrastructure projects many times its cost has not managed to do
– perform beyond expectation.
KTM Bhd conservatively estimated that the station would cater to around 2,000 people at the beginning, rising to 4,000 by the end of its first year of operation.





SPECIAL FEATURES:The Midvalley station ushers in a new era for the KTM Komuter network in terms of design. It is the first station outside KL Sentral and Kuala Lumpur to be totally covered.

However, at the close of business on the first day of operations on Aug 23, over 3,000 people had walked through the station's turnstiles. On the third day, the target level was surpassed when over 7,000 people used the station.

On its fifth day, a Saturday, the numbers surged past the 10,000 mark and three days later on National Day, it went over 27,000.

Although the high use can be attributed to the holiday season, and the volume under “normal” conditions is expected to stabilise at a much lower level, the response has been nothing short of amazing.

“I will need to belanja everyone makan,” KTM general manager commuter services, Roslan Mohammed was heard telling some of his staff just after the official launch of the station on Aug 26.

The tremendous response, on hindsight, should not have been surprising. The station, after all, was designed with the necessary characteristics needed for a well-patronised, commuter-friendly station.

Although the requirements are very basic and would have been prescribed by any transport expert, they have unfortunately not been followed consistently when the Klang Valley’s rail-based public transport system was developed. That is why you find many stations with hardly any people in them.

KTM managing director Mohd Salleh Abdullah knew he had a good location for his Midvalley station. His railway lines ran hardly 100m from one of Kuala Lumpur’s busiest shopping centres.

However, he did not have a station there and for years, he missed out on the opportunity to capture the thousands who flocked to the mall everyday, all of whom needed some form of transport to get there.

When the wheels of bureaucracy turned in his favour, construction of the station began in July last year and was completed in just over a year.
Midvalley is the fourth station to have a direct link to a shopping complex, after Putraline light rail transit system’s tunnel between its KLCC station and Suria KLCC, and the monorail’s bridge links between its Bukit Bintang and Imbi stations with Sungei Wang Plaza and Berjaya Times Square respectively.
And Midvalley proves for the fourth time that such link-ups benefit both the public transport operator and the shopping centre.

While the station’s location was ideal, access to the mall was not. The busy Lingkaran Syed Putra encircles Midvalley Megamall and shoppers would have had to dodge cars and dash across the road to get to the station.

Realising the problem, mall owners Midvalley City Sdn Bhd constructed a bridge linking the mall directly to the station. The link was made user-friendly with escalators and a roof. For the blind, tact tiles were laid.

Signage within the mall was also changed to lead people to the bridge, and it did not take long for shoppers to discover this convenience.
The Midvalley station also ushers in a new era for the nine-year-old KTM Komuter network in terms of design. It is the first station outside KL Sentral and Kuala Lumpur to be totally covered. It also has lifts, toilets and is disabled-friendly.

“When I told several passengers who were pushing strollers to use the lift, they were surprised. They thought it was like the other stations which only had stairs,” said Mohd Salleh. Now, KTM hopes to construct roofs at all stations.

Midvalley has certainly increased the number of people using the KTM Komuter network.

“I believe at least 80% of those using Midvalley are new users. It would not have taken away passengers from other stations,” Mohd Salleh said.
More passengers mean more revenue and, although the collection from the new station is not expected to be high – most passengers only travel the short distance to KL Sentral, which costs only RM1 – the extra money is certainly welcome.

But most importantly, Midvalley has provided a tremendous boost to the morale of those in KTM. This is especially sweet when, according to Mohd Salleh, there have been “very few things for a very long time which have brought such joy.”

“Midvalley shows that if given the opportunity, we can do well,” he said.
The good feeling has given him strength for the other projects that have been lined up, namely the Kepong Sentral commuter station, and the long-awaited Sentul-Batu Caves extension.

“I believe we can replicate our Midvalley experience if we bring the KTM Komuter to Batu Caves,” he said, adding that he was awaiting the government's green light to proceed with the project.

Meanwhile, he has been relishing every moment spent at the Midvalley station, either standing at the ticket booth or sitting on a bench at the platform, observing the cycle of commuters building up and then disappearing with each departing train.

“I more or less knew we would do well here. I just didn't know it would be this well,” he said. -THE STAR-
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Malaysia axes DRB-Hicom from rail job
13 May 2005




Malaysia has removed DRB-Hicom Bhd as main contractor for the country's biggest rail project, which is behind time and over budget, sources familiar with the situation said on May 13.

The government intends to give the remaining work on the RM2.60 billion project to UEM World Bhd, sources close to the government and the firms told Reuters.

The government, DRB-Hicom and UEM World declined to comment.

DRB-Hicom, which has interests ranging from auto distribution to property and infrastructure, is 15.8% controlled by tycoon Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary.

A source close to the deal said DRB-Hicom, which faces a cost overrun of RM700 million, plans to ask the Transport Ministry to reconsider its decision but this could not immediately be confirmed.

The source said the Transport Ministry terminated the DRB-Hicom contract two weeks ago.

"UEM was given the letter of intent about a week ago to take over the unfinished portion for RM1.10 billion," the source added.

"DRB is seeking to be allowed to finish the job if the government pays RM700 million to meet the cost overrun. The government could save RM400 million."

DRB-Hicom, which won the contract in 2000, has blamed the delays on factors such as land acquisition and late payments.

"It's a complex project. The budget was tight from the outset," said a consultant working on the project. "You are looking at an extra RM1 billion."

Newspapers have said work on the 180km track between Rawang and Ipoh is 65% complete, but 17 months behind schedule and RM700 million over budget.

The link is the second leg of an ambitious plan to modernise the country's rail system with two parallel lines of electrified track running the entire length of peninsular Malaysia.
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DRB-Hicom fully paid for 'normal claims'
22 May 2005 11:45 AM
By Jimmy Yeow



Nor Mohamed signing the plaque at the official opening of
"Bangunan Avenue". On the left is Avenue Capital Resources Bhd
chairman Tan Sri Samshuri Arshad.



The government has fully paid DRB-Hicom Bhd, the main contractor for the RM2.58 billion Ipoh-Rawang electric double-tracking rail project, for earlier agreed works, but not for some RM700 million in variance order for additional works.

Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said the "normal claims" had been fully paid.

"The variance order is a separate issue," he told reporters after opening Avenue Capital Resources Bhd's “Bangunan Avenue” in Kuala Lumpur on May 20. He declined to elaborate.

He was responding to a question on claims by DRB-Hicom that it had not been fully paid for completing 88% of the civil works of the project as well as some RM700 million in variation cost owed by the government.

DRB-Hicom had mutually terminated the contract with the government in view of the huge debt owing by the government.

Nor Mohamed said the task of appointing the main contractor to replace DRB-Hicom was with Transport Ministry. “It is the government’s intention to complete it as soon as possible,” he said.

United Engineers (Malaysia) Bhd (UEM), which is in talks with the government, is a front-runner for the job to complete the remaining works.

UEM subsidiary UEM Builders Bhd, which is a sub-contractor for the building of RM650 million worth of bridges in the rail project, said earlier on May 20 that it was keen to take up the responsibilities.

GLCs performed extremely well
Meanwhile, on another matter, Nor Mohamed said government-linked companies (GLCs) said Khazanah Nasional Bhd and GLCs had performed extremely well last year and expected them to do better this year.

“We have just completed the first year and have seen some changes and progress, but the next 12 months will be very critical as we want to put the bulk of our vision and thinking into action,” he said.

“An important area for the GLCs for the next 12 months, especially those providing services, is that they should contribute to improving the quality of life,” he added.

Nor Mohamed said that under GLCs reforms, the government wanted to see results within three years. “The reforms are not like a 100-metre dash but more like a marathon race,” he said.


Liberalising capital market
Earlier, in his speech, Nor Mohamed said the government would implement the liberalisation of the capital market in a progressive and planned manner.

He said the deregulation of the domestic market would facilitate the emergence of strong domestic players.

“An important underlying element to improve the effectiveness of the Malaysian financial market is to encourage greater competition as it will drive market players to attain higher standards and allow them to compete both domestically and internationally,” he added.

He said Universal Brokers such as Avenue needed to remain dynamic and establish its competitive niche, particularly in the context of competition from investment banks and foreign brokers.

“Local players should view liberalisation as an opportunity to expand through international strategic alliances and financial product innovation,” Nor Mohamed said.
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Under Kong Choy’s “fast-track” development, the Ipoh-Rawang double tracking project fell further behind schedule from one year to some four years, with the pace of completion of project only one-third of the rate before the “fast track”
(11/05/2005)
Media Statement
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(Parliament, Wednesday): When Datuk Chan Kong Choy became Transport Minister two years ago, the RM4.6 billion Ipoh-Rawang electrified double tracking project was one year behind schedule, as it was to be completed in 35 months in June 2003 from the commencement of the contract in July 2000.

Now, the project, which is in two packages - the RM2.58 billion infrastructure works awarded to DRB-Hicom and RM1.9 billion systems works awarded to Mitsui & Co Transport Systems – is some four years behind schedule, as it can only be operational at the earliest in 2007.

In September 2003, Chan announced a “fast track” programme to complete the Ipoh-Rawang double tracking project before October 2005 for the new train service to start in early 2006.

The dynamo of this “fast track” programme was a steering committee which Chan formed and headed by the Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Zaharah Shaari to look after the progress of the project. Chan said the steering committee would meet weekly with the main contractors to solve the problems faced in the course of implementing the project.

However, Chan’s “fast track” project made dubious history in government development as being the slowest of all “fast track” projects. Instead of meeting weekly, the high-powered “fast track” steering committee had not met for the past one year!

In September 2003, Chan announced that DRB-Hicom had completed 71.65 per cent of the infrastructure and civil works after 38 months between July 2000 – September 2003, i.e completion of 1.9 per cent of the project per month. Early this year, independent consultant, MOTT MacDonald Ltd reported that only 82 per cent of the project had been completed by December 2004, i.e. completion of another 10.35 per cent of the project in the following 14 months of “fast track” development or 0.7 per cent of the project per month. This means that work during the 14-month “fast track” phase is very much slower as it is only 36.8 per cent of the completion rate in the previous 38 months of “non fast-track” of the contract.

Chan Kong Choy should explain the dubious honour of being responsible for the slowest “fast-track” development project in Malaysian history, with the Ipoh-Rawang double tracking project worsening from one-year behind schedule when he became Transport Minister to some four years behind schedule and the rate of completion under the “fast track” only about one-third the rate before the “fast track”.

The Transport Minister cannot keep mum on my statement yesterday about the Ipoh-Rawang double-tracking project and the Malaysian public are entitled to a full explanation from Chan as to (i) whether UEM Group Bhd had replaced DRM Hicom as the lead contractor for the unfinished portion of 18% of the project; (ii) whether this is at an additional cost of RM1.1 billion, hiking the infrastructure costs from RM2.58 billion to RM3.68 billion; and (iii) how public interests are served by such last-minute “change of horse” in the lead contractor.
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Rail boost
25-04-2005
By Jimmy Yeow



Part of the northern sector of the multi-billion ringgit double-tracking project, which was deferred in late 2003, may be revived under the 9th Malaysia Plan if proposals by the Transport Ministry are accepted.

Its minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said: �The double-tracking project between Rawang and Ipoh is ongoing and it is only logical that we extend it. We have put forward (proposals) to the government to extend the double-tracking from Rawang-Ipoh (180km). We have proposed some projects under the 9th Malaysia Plan covering the northern stretches.�

The Ipoh-Rawang stretch costing RM4.6 billion is 82% completed and will be ready in 2007.

Speaking to reporters after officiating at the 1st Asia Rail Conference & Exhibition in Petaling Jaya on April 25, Chan said the ministry�s proposals covered mainly the northern portion and not the whole double-tracking project as proposed earlier. He said a major portion of the budget allocation for transportation under the 9th Malaysia Plan would go to the development of railways.

In December 2003, the government announced the deferment of the RM14.5 billion electrified double-tracking project, which was earlier jointly awarded to Malaysia Mining Corporation Bhd and Gamuda Bhd. The deferment affected the northern stretch from Ipoh to Padang Besar and the southern sector from Seremban to Johor Bahru.

At that time, the Gamuda-MMC joint venture was appointed the main contractor for infrastructure works and the lead contractor for the entire project, including the management of interface between infrastructure and systems components.

Indian Railway Construction Co, DRB-Hicom Bhd and Emrail Sdn Bhd were given first right of refusal to be appointed as sub-contractors for the 339km Ipoh-Padang Besar segment. For the 297km southern section, China Railway Engineering Corp, DRB-Hicom and Hikmat Asia Sdn Bhd were given first right of refusal to be appointed as sub-contractors.

Chan said the government would extend the project to cover the 7.5km Sentul-Batu Caves stretch and by an additional 7km to Selayang. This stretch, considered high priority due to the rapid development taking place there, is expected to cost RM400 million and take 30 months to complete. It could see a daily passenger traffic volume of 46,000.
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DRB-Hicom’s RM4.6bil rail contract terminated
Sunday May 15, 2005



PUTRAJAYA: The Government will take over the Rawang to Ipoh electrified railway double tracking project from DRB-Hicom, the Transport Ministry said.

It said in a statement yesterday that with the decision, the contract given to project main contractor DRB-Hicom on July 3, 2000 had been terminated.

The balance of work under the contract would be given to another entity, which has yet to be appointed, the statement said.

Arrangements to appoint a new party to take over the uncompleted works are now being finalised.

The statement, however, did not indicate when the contract was terminated.

It was reported that the RM4.6bil project was behind schedule and had gone over the budget.

The 182km track is said to be 82% completed but is 17 months behind schedule.

The latest completion date reported was 2007.

KTM Berhad’s electrified double track sector in the Klang Valley now spans 150km covering Rawang, Seremban, Sentul and Port Klang.

The expansion of the double track from Rawang to Ipoh is seen as an important part of the modernisation of the railway system.

It aims to reduce travel time between Ipoh and Rawang from the present three and a half hours to two and a half.
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