KUALA LUMPUR (June 13): Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) is currently the running open tender process for the MRT3 Circle Line’s four main contract packages with an approach that will transform the construction sector and rejuvenate the economy.

The tender briefing for the project management consultancy (PMC) package was held early last month and the tender briefings for the three civil main contractors packages were completed last week.

In a statement on Monday (June 13), MRT Corp said unlike the MRT2 Putrajaya Line project which had one main turnkey contractor only at Tier 1, the MRT3 project will see five Tier 1 main contractors be appointed to lead its implementation.

“MRT3 construction activities will be further distributed at Tier 2 to many midsize and small construction companies as work package contractors (WPCs).

“Similar to the MRT1 and MRT2 projects, the appointment of MRT3’s WPCs will be done through tender exercises starting from next year. Hence, there will be plenty of opportunities for local construction companies to participate regardless of size,” the company said.

For now, MRT Corp noted that the focus is on appointment of civil main contractors at Tier 1 and based on the tender requirements, there could be six to nine companies which will eventually be awarded as the civil main contractors in three different joint ventures (JVs) or consortiums.

Compared to the MRT1 and MRT2 projects, it said more companies will be able to participate at Tier 1 in the MRT3 project.

“For all civil main contractor packages, bumiputera participation is mandatory. Industry players must form JVs or consortiums with bumiputera construction companies.

“Additionally, all tenderers are required to submit an economic enhancement proposal to catalyse economic activities beyond the construction sector,” it shared.

A mandatory element of the tender process is for all partners in the JV/consortium to declare their ultimate beneficial ownership through a statutory declaration, it said.

The concept of beneficial ownership is not limited to ownership through holding of interest in a legal entity but extends beyond the ownership structure, in accordance with the Companies Commission of Malaysia’s Guideline For The Reporting Framework For Beneficial Ownership of Legal Persons, it explained.

It covers both from the perspective of ownership and control, it noted.

The minimum required percentages of effective bumiputera ultimate beneficial ownership are 31% for CMC301 and CMC302, and 20% for CMC303, and the percentage of bumiputera work share at Tier 2 will be at least of the same value as the effective bumiputera ultimate beneficial ownership in respective packages, it said.

Chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Zarif Hashim said it is MRT Corp’s intention to have capable bumiputera players participating in the MRT3 project and, more importantly, they must be active members of their JV/consortium with their own work scope.

“The winners of the PMC, civil main contractor and system turnkey contractor packages must work together. All parties’ interests must be aligned to deliver the common objectives. The responsibility to synchronise construction work activities has been tasked to the PMC.

“While there will not be liquidated ascertained damages imposed on the PMC, the PMC will be given key performance indicators and there will be a penalty for not meeting them.

“The new approach to project delivery and contracting strategy is a culmination of a decade’s worth of experience of MRT Corp as the asset owner and project developer. MRT Corp is confident of the capability and resilience of Malaysian construction players as well as the supporting ecosystem,” Mohd Zarif added.

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