October 3, 2012 / 3:15 AM / in 5 years

Malaysia awards $240 million rail contracts to 3 local firms

(Reuters) - Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit rail project, which aims to ease congestion in Kuala Lumpur, has awarded construction contracts worth 732.2 million ringgit ($240 million) to three local firms.

Mass Rapid Corp Sdn Bhd, the company set up to undertake the transport project, said in a statement that Naim Engineering Sdn Bhd, a unit of Naim Holdings Berhad (NCHB.KL), won a 204.7 million ringgit contract.

    UEM Construction Sdn Bhd and Apex Communications Sdn Bhd won contracts worth 275.8 million ringgit and 251.7 million ringgit respectively, it added.

    The contracts were awarded in a tender open to 12 qualified Bumiputra companies. Bumiputra refers to majority ethnic Malays and other indigenous people in the country who benefit from a decades-old affirmative action policy.

    The publicly funded MRT project was initially estimated to cost 37 billion ringgit, but more recent projections have put the figure at around 50 billion ringgit. ($1 = 3.0510 Malaysian ringgit)

    Reporting By Siva Sithraputhran; Editing by Richard Pullin

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