Hornbill Unleashed

March 29, 2017

Why award Chinese firm railway deal without open tender? KTMB union asks

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi (pic) had said that the agreement was consistent with the said clause, which aims to distinguish train service operations, which is managed by KTMB, from the ownership, management, and maintenance of the train assets that will be managed by RAC. — Picture by K.E.OoiKeretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad’s (KTMB) workers union today questioned the Transport Ministry’s decision to award a railway project without an open tender, calling it “suspicious.”

Referring to the latest Railway Network Access Agreement (RNAA) as a case in point, the union’s president Abdul Razak Hassan said some other negotiations undertaken by the ministry were questionable.

“Why was a Chinese firm given the award to maintain six car sets (SCS) for five years without going through an open tender process?

“Wastage and cronyism do not happen within KTMB, but “direct nego” undertaken by the Transport Ministry is suspicious,” he said in a statement.

Abdul Razak was condemning the RNAA deal and reiterated that the move will have an adverse effect on the livelihood of some 4,000 employees of KTMB.

He also refuted Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Aziz Kaprawi’s recent statement that the faith of the rail workers, who will be absorbed by the new KTMB subsidiaries, will be taken care of.

Abdul Razak pointed that not only were there no proof to support Aziz’ claims, he further explained that in any takeover, all perks stated under the previous collective agreement will become obsolete after a buyout.

RAC, he said, was just a trustee and it could not be involved in the operations and administrations of KTMB.

Because of this, he said RAC should not be granted access to takeover any assets of KTMB.

Thus, he said Aziz citing clause 89 of the Railway Act 1991 did not arise.

Aziz had said that the agreement was consistent with the said clause, which aims to distinguish train service operations, which is managed by KTMB, from the ownership, management, and maintenance of the train assets that will be managed by RAC.

Abdul Razak also questioned the promised made by Aziz that train fare will not be increased from the agreement, claiming that establishing a subsidiary will inevitably put profit above the rest.

To put the matter to rest, he said he was willing to hold a debate with transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai or Aziz to explain why the deal will impact the workers’ welfare negatively.

“Assuming the union fails (in the debate), we will then accept (the agreement) with an open heart,” he said.


Source : @ Malay Mail Online


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1 Comment »

  1. Halo, Super KULUP, WHY didn’t you ask: WHY did not open Tender for maintenance of Submarine for 5?/ years WITHOUT calling for open tender…???…Choon Hai you…lol

    Comment by tiuniamah — April 3, 2017 @ 3:43 PM | Reply


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