Saturday, March 17, 2007

Finally........ progress

This is more I like it. Remember what I talked about when I wrote the article about Firefly, Penang's very own low cost carrier? You got it right, we need some progress on our national railway, after 2 years of stalled work. I won't go on to elaborate what happened then as I'm not familiar with what happened then.

Here's today's news:
Double tracking project on again, that's right. According to the article,
The Cabinet Committee on Public Transport has decided to revive the shelved Ipoh-Padang Besar double tracking project. [Source: The Star]
Contractor for this project:
.............Gamuda Bhd and MMC Corp Bhd............ [Source: The Star]
Time horizon to completion:
...........about two years........... [Source: The Star]
..........the Seremban-Johor Baru stretch would be awarded to an Indian company.......... [Source: The Star]
More questions?
  • Why award the contract to an Indian company? Local companies can't do it?
  • 2 years, that's awfully optimistic isn't it, we do know that Malaysian timing a bit different from rest of the world. Does 2 years mean 4 years?
  • Boy, my fellow kedahan Uncle al-Bukhary is getting all the business he wants isn't it? But I'm not complaining, at least he is one of the better businessman around.
Yet more questions?
  • Another SMART project? Gamuda's share must be worthed a lot now.
  • Will rail travel replace air travel as the dominant sector like the way it is here in the UK?

  1. Double tracking project on again, Mazwin Nik Anis, March 17 2007, The Star.
  2. Gamuda up on rail project news, Izwan Idris, March 17 2007, The Star.

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