SEDC may collaborate with UDA Holdings Bhd to develop LRT stations

SEDC acting general manager Rakayah Hamdan and UDA Holdings Bhd group managing director Datuk Ahmad Abu Bakar exchanging MoU documents while SEDC chairman Tan Sri Aziz Hussain (second left) andUDA chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Shafei Abdullah looks on. - dayakdaily.com

KUCHING: Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), the lead agency in the proposed construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) linking Kuching, Samarahan and Serian, may collaborate with UDA Holdings Bhd to develop transit stations along the LRT route.

“In actual fact we have not actually discussed the LRT project with UDA, and maybe, this is the first time, they ever heard of it.

“I was talking about the possibility of collaboration with UDA for the construction of transit stations,” SEDC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Hussain told reporters after witnessing the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between SEDC and UDA Holdings here today.

He said there could five to six transit stations along the LRT route.

He said the plans are to have commercial centres and other development in these stations and the surrounding areas.

He said with commercial centres at the transit stations, it would be easier for the commuters to use the LRT.

Aziz said UDA may not be the only ones that will collaborate with SEDC in the construction of LRT project.

“We will also collaborate with our other partners. This is something for the future. It can be done,” he said.

In the case of collaboration with UDA, he said UDA can come in to help in the planning and financing in the construction of the LRT railway line.

Earlier in his speech, Aziz said the MoU is to identify and develop potential and properties of SEDC as well as to spur greater investment and economic growth in the state.

“This MoU includes collaboration in research areas, exchange of information and technology and potential joint-ventures in property development management, land management and leisure industry,” he said.

He said the SEDC-UDA partnership signifies a major development for SEDC and the state as whole as UDA has proven itself with major property development, particularly in West Malaysia.

Signing the MoU on behalf of SEDC were acting general manager Rakayah Hamdan and deputy general manager for commercial sector Edwin Abit while group managing director Datuk Ahmad Abu Bakar and group operating officer Nordin Murat for UDA Holdings.

Apart from Aziz, UDA chairman Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Shafei Abdullah was also present. – dayakdaily.com