DPZ only involved in planning of Klang River project

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim on April 14 clarified that DPZ Asia Sdn Bhd was not directly involved in rehabilitation and cleaning up of the Klang River project.

"DPZ did not carry out the project but was involved in providing advise and planning," he said when answering a question by Amirudin Shari (PKR-Batu Caves) who wanted to know the status of the company's appointment in the project.

Abdul Khalid said DPZ was picked because it was managed by a local who had the expertise in rural and city town planning and had worked as a town planner in Florida, the US.

He said the Malaysian, through his company, had successfully carried out a number of projects planning works in the US, China, New Zealand and Australia.

Abdul Khalid said it was also part of his efforts to bring back the expertise of an international consultant to the country for a small cost and contribute to the development of the country.

Yesterday (April 13), acting opposition leader Datuk Mohamad Satim Diman (BN-Seri Serdang) had wanted the Menteri Besar to clarify the appointment of DPZ Asia, which was done without an open tender.

As for the appointment of three other companies through a tender exercise, Abdul Khalid said GJA Engineering & Construction Sdn Bhd was a professional bumiputra company involved in developments along rivers.

The second company, TSS Mako Engineering Sdn Bhd is a consortium made up of local companies and a number of companies from South Korea that have vast knowledge in rehabilitation and cleaning of rivers in South Korea.

He added that Wessex Water I Bhd Consortium was a joint venture between

Wessex Water company, which has expertise in environment like managing the Thames in London and I-Bhd, a developer of high-technology cities like the I-City. -- Bernama
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