KUALA LUMPUR — December 15, 2016: The MRT project which will start its service tomorrow from Sungai Buloh to Semantan has managed to be completed for about RM2 billion less than the budgetted RM23 billion.
“The MRT project is below budget and on time,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak when launching the first phase at the Kwasa Damansara station today.
At the historic ceremony, he also announced a free MRT and feeder bus service until next January 16 as a gift to the people in conjunction with the new year.
Describing the project as being close to his heart, Najib said it has all the characteristics which form the thrust to his administration, which is “People First, Performance Now”.
Najib spoke about how since taking over the helm of the country’s leadership in 2009, he had heard the people’s woes in tackling the problems of traffic congestion, particularly in the Klang Valley.
“I don’t want this slogan to become political rhetoric without any inputs… that’s why the government wants to give top priority to public transport,” he said.
According to Najib, the project also gives direct and indirect benefits in terms of construction work, job opportunities, raising property values, productivity and time-saving for the people.
The project also succeeded in awarding 50 per cent of the total contract value to Bumiputra companies, exceeding the target of 43 per cent set in the initial stage. — Bernama