The Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) will build a new headquarters and other key facilities at Sungai Buloh beginning next year.
The project costs RM1.1bil.
The development will be carried out by MRB’s project delivery partner KLIA Premier Holding’s units – KLIA Associates and KLIA Consultancy Services on the MRB-owned 216.5ha Sungai Buloh land.
“The MRB is expected to invest a big portion of the money obtained from the asset monetisation programme in Sungai Buloh to develop five facilities,” said the MRB chairman Datuk Wira Ahmad Hamzah at the signing of the agreement yesterday. The project will see the construction of a new headquarters, a research and development centre, a college, a rubber discovery museum centre and a business cluster. Ahmad added it was envisaged these five facilities would extend MRB’s prime focus to be a centre for rubber research that would eventually be recognised internationally.
The entire project will be done in phases starting from next year and is scheduled to be completed by Aug 30, 2018.
MRB said that the project delivery partner was chosen after an open tender process based on merit and not on cost basis alone.
The project delivery partner agreement’s scope of works include building planning, developmental approval, design, construction, duration and the final project accounts.
The Star on line, December 10, 2013