More money for Scomi?

Yesterday, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi turun padang and experience for himself what the hundred of thousands of rakyat got to through every working day of the life. PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah took the KTM Kommuter and Putra LRT from Serdang to Masjid Jamek.

The Star has the story:

Friday August 22, 2008

PM quietly takes public transport to experience commuters’ problems

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KUALA LUMPUR: Setting aside protocol, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took rides on the commuter and LRT rail services from Serdang to the city centre yesterday to get a feel of the transport problems faced by the public and came away less than satisfied.

Throughout the one-hour journey, during which he switched trains, the Prime Minister noted the congestion, especially during the peak period, and spoke to his fellow passengers to get feedback.

Speaking to Bernama after disembarking at the Masjid Jamek LRT station, he said he was not satisfied and wanted immediate improvements to be made.

He said the existing services were not systematic, there were not enough coaches and coverage was not comprehensive, leaving many areas not serviced.

“I just saw the plight of people using the trains to get to work every morning. They were jostling to get on board every time a train arrived. There appeared to be no system.

“I’m not happy with this because the people are not getting satisfaction from riding the trains. This we must fix,” he said.

“I found the trains really packed. Some had waited for three trains and yet could not board.

“There’s no queue. People push their way in, women with children and old people are pushed aside,” he added.

Abdullah, who was unaccompanied by officials from the two rail services, arrived at the Serdang Komuter KTM station at 8.15am but could not get on board the first train that arrived because it was packed.

He got on the next train that came 15 minutes later and headed for KL Sentral, the transport hub for the various rail services.

There he also had to wait a while to switch to the Putra LRT service to get to the Masjid Jamek station because, again, the first train to arrive was full.

On both the trains that he took, the prime minister, dressed in a red batik shirt with gold print, stood although passengers offered him their seats.

Upon arrival at the Masjid Jamek station at 9.15am, he chatted with members of the public and bought local cakes from the sellers there before leaving.

Abdullah said he would give attention to efforts to improve the quality of both rail services.


Now he knows, what the rakyat endure just to lead a normal Klang Valley life, as a working class. A lot of hardship and pain. Especially after the abrupt exorbitant retail petrol price hike on 5 June 2008. PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah made more promises. “Better and efficient  public transport service for the rakyat”.

For one, can the Government or Prasarana afford all of these desires? This growing requirement is nothing new. Every year, there is an influx of new economic migrants from all over Malaysia in search of the pot of gold on greener postures, arrive with hope amongst the Klang Valleyites’ doorsteps. This influx will definitely demand more resources and investments made to cater for the needs, especially the ‘start-uppers’. The exponential increasing cost of living naturally require the Government to cater and make their living more bearable.

Two, when he did the 30sen per litre petrol price hike in May 2006, he already promised that the saving on fuel subsidy, amounting RM 4 billion annually would be poured back into upgrading and improving the public transportation. That did not happen. Klang Valleyites actually endure more hardships throughout these 2 ½ years.

Third, even if there were any investments made for the public transportation system in the Klang Valley, most of it went to Scomi. The Rapid KL buses were supplied by the Scomi group. So is the building the train coaches for the Klang Valley transport system. It was said that Scomi had supplied Rapid KL with inferior China made buses.

So, will this become another exercise for Scomi, especially when the monorail system in Penang has been postponed indefinitely?

*Updated at 600pm

KTMB board met on Wednesday. One of the item was a RM 67 million contract for new coaches. Three companies were shortlisted, which include Scomi. One of the board member, which represent a Ministry said the meeting that his Minister’s ‘instruction’ is for KTMB to  ‘award’ the contract to Scomi. The board rejected the ‘instruction’ and went ahead on the evaluation of the three shortlisted companies.

Conveniently, the father one of the single largest shareholder of one of the bidding company decided to go walkabout on one of the KTMB’s services the very next day and made statement to portray the urgency to upgrade; i.e. spend more money!

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  1. You said it and PM has to prove otherwise that SCOMI group or its associates would not be the preferred supplier for the shortfalls in public transport. In exemplariness of group conflict of interest where Zeti and Hassan Merican had recently resigned from the Boards of Khazanah and a Petronas subsidiary respectively, PM should appreciate the transparency rules pertaining to preferential treatments on allocation of contracts given to companies which are substantially owned or connected with his family interest, directly and indirectly, enhanced with an open tender system.

    The rakyat is watching breathlessly after having suffered much from his selfish precedents.

  2. I wondered if our dear PM has finally woke up from his dreams of wonderland or he is doing this as a BN’s publicity for Permatang Pauh by election?

    To believe in his words after all these years? hmmm I say 50-50.

  3. if rumor has it kamal stopped Pak Lah from retired after PRU12, what has kamal told Pak Lah so that he would quietly went down to take the LRT train?
    “Baba, duit company dah habis, tolonglah tambah lagi.Kalau baba tak pi tengok, nanti tak de la rumah cik kat London Pulak (loghat penang)”. agak je la, tak agak nanti kena saman plak.

  4. i. MISC Informed Of Casualty On Bunga Melati Dua

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 (Bernama) — MISC Bhd has been informed that there has been a casualty onboard the 32,025-tonne tanker, Bunga Melati Dua, involving one of its Filipino crew members during the boarding of the vessel by the hijackers.

    “We are unable to confirm this incident. We are informed that the remaining crew members are safe,” MISC said in a statement Friday.

    Pirates seized the tanker on Aug 19 in the Gulf of Aden between Somalia and Yemen.

    MISC said the first communication with the tanker was established at 1705 hours (local time)/0905 GMT on Aug 21.

    MISC said further updates would be provided as and when necessary.

    The tanker has a crew of 29 Malaysians and 10 Filipinos…

    ii. Gulf Delegation Calls On Abdullah

    iii. Burst Tyre Caused KL Monorail Incident On Tuesday

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 (Bernama) — A burst tyre has been identified as the cause of the KL Monorail incident on Tuesday in which a woman was slightly injured.

    Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana), in a statement Friday, said the monorail train travelling from Medan Tuanku towards the Chow Kit station had a tyre burst at about 7.30pm.

    The debris found by the public as reported in the press was broken pieces of component parts which were attached to the tyre, it said.

    Prasarana said that the affected train was grounded for further investigation by the experts and relevant authorities.

    It also said that the injured passenger was attended to immediately by the train driver and was sent to the hospital.

    Prasarana, a wholly-owned government company under the Finance Ministry, was set up to take over the assets of selected public transport companies.

  5. Between Facts and Fictions
    (the dream merchants)

    Scomi Close To Clinching Mumbai Monorail Project
    By P.Vijian

    NEW DELHI, Aug 14 (Bernama) — A consortium, comprising Scomi Engineering Bhd and its co-partner Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T), is believed to be the successful bidder for the RM1.01 billion first monorail project in Mumbai.

    The other bidder was Reliance Infrastructure, which had partnered with Japanese firm Hitachi, to construct the 20-km elevated monorail in India’s financial capital.

    The Times of India reported that Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) commissioner, Ratnakar Gaikwad, said the main deciding factor was the time frame to complete the project.

    “The bid submitted by L&T and Scomi was more sound and promising than the one submitted by Anil’s Reliance Infrastructure and Hitachi of Japan,” Gaikwad was quoting as saying by the Times.

    According to Gaikwad, L&T and Scomi promised to complete the project within 24 months while Reliance Infrastructure, headed by its India’s business tycoon Anil Ambani, needed over 50 months for the first phase of the mega project.

    In Mumbai, sources familiar with the project told Bernama that Scomi and L&T were in the final process of fine-tuning the pricing details and the final announcement could be made any time soon.

    Initially, seven companies had submitted their bids for the project, which would be implemented on a built, operate and transfer basis and expected to come on stream within two years.

    Finally, MMRDA shortlisted the bidders to two and Reliance Infrastructure and Scomi and L&T submitted their financial and technical bids for India’s first monorail project on July 16.

    The metro lines would supplement existing railways and help ease the traffic-choked city, with nearly 11 million people who travel daily on public transport.

  6. Scomi seems to be able to get business overseas and the govt s overseas seem to be more able to appreciate
    monorails than the Govt here.
    i was told the reason for tyre burst is OVERLOADING by operator becoz of overwhelming demand for monorail service.
    the authorities here cant make decision fast and expand the monorail fast enough
    if you read the papers you will know that Scomi
    is working on supplying systems in India, Vietnam, Nigeria, Italy and the Middle east
    they are not fly by night operators on the wings of anyone s daddy. they stand on their own capabilities
    in a globalised world
    obviously you cant see that and you pick on them and tell all the childish insinuations. you want a better Malaysia …. then dont kick a Bumiputera company that made it globally without your subsidy mentality
    Vietnam , India …have got no NEP Brudder! kena cari makan , you kena ada kebolehan , kalu tak ada …boleh blah lah!
    what s wrong with giving a capable local company to build when other countries in the world recognise them
    why dont you visit their factory and talked to them and give a report back to us. Then maybe you are qualified to make comments

    Employees want monorail in BKC
    23 Aug 2008, 0547 hrs IST, Chittaranjan Tembhekar,TNN

    Mumbai: It’s a rare but significant poll. The MMRDA is inviting opinion from employees of banks and corporate firms in the Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) on the mode of transport they would prefer within the business zone.
    And, if the opinions of the 2 lakh-plus professionals trickling in are any indication, then MMRDA may have to start planning a separate monorail system for BKC. The move is aimed at curbing vehicular density and pollution within the zone.
    The core group for International Finance and Business Centre (IFBC) at BKC, headed by additional metropolitan commissioner Milind Mhaiskar, has been entrusted with the responsibility of forging a consensus among the firms on the mode of transport they would want (among monorail, special buses or battery-driven cars).
    The MMRDA is also gearing up for creating special parking areas for BKC so that private vehicles do not create congestion inside this corporate zone.
    “We have asked the association of allottees in BKC to come up with suggestions on how to upgrade public infrastructure in BKC to international standards. We will consider monorail if they decide on that. We are seeking opinion from all the allottees,” MMRDA commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad said.
    The final draft for transportation in BKC would be based on recommendations made by the allottees and sent to the state government for approval in two months, Gaikwad said.
    There are over 80 major organisations that have set up offices in BKC. Sixty-eight per cent of the total BKC area is occupied and, besides 2.3 lakh professionals working there, nearly 1 lakh people visit BKC daily.
    MMRDA planning wing officials say the option of battery cars may not be feasible. MMRDA is also trying to seek opinion from the 1 lakh visitors who come to BKC daily.

  7. […] Then there is thing about Abdullah & Co., particularly Dato’ Kamaluddin Abdullah’s ventures, which has gone particularly bad lately and how much in deep end of the pool for the ultra ambitious businessman.  Naturally he needed all the help he could get, even scrouge what ever left there is. […]

  8. […] is an open secret that the main beneficiary of this allocation is SCOMI Bhd. They are the main supplier of buses and trains for the bus and LRT system in the Klang Valley. […]

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