17Disember2017

Najib: Govt proactive in solving people’s problems

The positive feedback for the recently launched MRT line shows how sensitive the government is to the urban people’s problems, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today.

He also said that it also indicated how proactive his government is in solving the problems of the people.

In a blog post on Thursday, Najib said the new Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang line has given access to more users who previously had no access to public transport.

The new line now links people to schools, shopping malls, religious sites and tourist attractions, he added

“Not only has traffic congestion reduced, travelling time has been shortened, and the quality of life of the urban population has been improved,” said Najib.

“Imagine, now you can have lunch in Bukit Bintang area if you work around KL Sentral, families living in Bandar Utama can now go to Kajang to eat satay on the weekend, all with ease and speed,” he said.

Najib called the MRT project a great achievement and the result of intensive planning.

“This MRT project was completed ahead of schedule with a cost of RM21 billion, lower than the allocated cost of RM23 billion,” he said.

Najib called the opposition’s allegations of the MRT project costing RM100 billion as tactics to frighten the public.

He said the high cost quoted by the opposition “does not make sense” and questions if they can be trusted.

“Our success in terms of finances is largely due to us implementing a tender system that ensures transparency and sustainability of this project, as well as good governance,” said Najib.

The government also provided bumiputera firms with opportunities and benefits through the “carve out and compete” initiative.

“Approximately 50% of work packages has been awarded to bumiputera companies for the Main Work Package,” he said.

Najib also said that the government’s efforts have not ceased with the completion of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang route.

“Our focus now is to deliver the second route to the people, the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya MRT,” he said.

He added that it will benefit about two million residents from Sungai Buloh to Putrajaya comprising Sri Damansara, Kepong, Batu, Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Jalan Tun Razak, KLCC, Tun Razak Exchange, Kuchai Lama, Sungai Besi, Seri Kembangan and Cyberjaya.

According to a study, the 52.2km-long route with 37 stations will record 529,000 passengers per day when it is ready to operate in the second quarter of 2022.-3/8/2017

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