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Thursday, May 31, 2012

WCT bids for public infrastructure concessions

KUALA LUMPUR: WCT Bhd, construction, engineering and property outfit, has bid for public infrastructure-related concessions in exchange for land deals from the government, through a public-private partnership (PPP).

Through PPP, a government aims to secure investment and greater efficiency in the delivery of necessary public services in areas such as infrastructure, healthcare, and education by getting the private sector to take them on.

As an incentive, the government may offer concessions, tax breaks, or grants to the relevant private sector players to create a business case.

WCT manager for corporate affairs, Kenny Wong Yik Kae said the land deals will not only lift the group's property development activities, but construction order book as well.

"Getting more concessions especially under the Economic Transformation Programme is part of our way of broadening our construction profile," Wong said yesterday, at the sidelines of Invest Malaysia.

On the type of concessions that WCT has bid for, Wong said they are similar to the integrated complex at KLIA 2 in Sepang, Selangor.

WCT won last year a 25-year concession from Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd, for privatisation of the construction, development and financing of the integrated complex. The complex will be constructed at a cost of RM530.3 million, funded via a combination of loans and shareholders equity.

By Business Times

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