MRT DRAWS GOOD RE­SPONSE, SAYS PM

‘Govt now work­ing to de­liver Sun­gai Bu­loh-Ser­dang-Putrajaya line by 2020’

New Straits Times - - News -

THE new Mass Rapid Tran­sit Sun­gai Bu­lo­hKa­jang (MRT SBK) line has re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back and many speak with pride about those who built the world-class pub­lic trans­porta­tion sys­tem.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said to read about the the re­sponse on MRT SBK line, which be­came fully op­er­a­tional since July 17, had been a de­light for him.

Na­jib said with that in place, the Barisan Na­sional (BN) gov­ern­ment was now work­ing on the sec­ond MRT route, the Sun­gai Bu­loh-Ser­dang-Putrajaya (SSP) line.

“Our fo­cus now is to de­liver the sec­ond line to the peo­ple. The MRT SSP line will ben­e­fit some two mil­lion res­i­dents from Sun­gai Bu­loh to Putrajaya, en­com­pass­ing Sri Da­mansara, Ke­pong, Batu, Jalan Sul­tan Azlan Shah, Jalan Tun Razak, KLCC, Tun Razak Ex­change, Kuchai Lama, Sun­gai Besi, Seri Kem­ban­gan and Cy­ber­jaya.”

The prime min­is­ter said this in his lat­est post­ing on his of­fi­cial blog , na­ji­brazak.com, yes­ter­day.

Na­jib said based on stud­ies, the 52.2km MRT SSP line with 37 sta­tions would be able to record 529,000 pas­sen­gers per day com­mut­ing on the ser­vice line when op­er­a­tional by the sec­ond quar­ter of 2022.

“This is an­other project an­tic­i­pated by the peo­ple and I believe we will suc­ceed once again, In­syaAl­lah (God will­ing),” he said.

Na­jib, mean­while, hit out at op­po­si­tion lead­ers who had claimed that the cost of build­ing the MRT line would be RM100 bil­lion.

“It’s ridicu­lous. So, can we believe them? Just like other ac­cu­sa­tions, this is just a tac­tic to con­fuse and frighten the pub­lic,” he said.

Na­jib said from the fi­nan­cial as­pect of build­ing the MRT line, a large por­tion of it was through the ten­der sys­tem to en­sure

trans­parency and con­ti­nu­ity of the project, be­sides good gov­er­nance.

“We also did not for­get the Bu­mi­put­era em­pow­er­ment agenda.

“About 50 per cent of the work was given to Bu­mi­put­era com­pa­nies from the main work pack­age,” he said.

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