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14 December 2016

Article Entitled ‘Explain Why Rail Deal Aborted’ Published in Focus Malaysia/10-16 December 2016

We refer to our announcement dated 25 November 2016 and the above article.

Subsequent to the execution of the Heads of Joint Venture Agreement (‘the Agreement’) between KUB Malaysia Berhad (‘KUB’) and Malaysia Steel Works (KL) Bhd (‘Masteel’) (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Parties’), Masteel wishes to state that since the presentation of the Johor commuter train project (‘the Project’) to the Economic Council (‘EC’) on 8 August 2011 and pursuant to that meeting, the Parties had followed the direction of the EC to finalise certain issues with the Ministry of Transport and having coordinated with three (3) Ministers of Transport, the Parties had in early 2016 finalised its proposal for the re-tabling to the EC.

In a meeting with the Economic Planning Unit (‘EPU’) on 15 April 2016 to discuss the re-tabling of the Parties proposal to the EC, the Parties was informed to undertake the addition of ‘social’ routes for its Johor commuter train services.

After due consideration, the Parties had concluded that the additional routes will render the Project economically unviable.

In view of the long gestation time and the impasse with EPU, the Parties had decided to terminate the Agreement on the basis that all efforts made by the Parties to date with the Government of Malaysia have not yielded a definitive timeline for the satisfactory conclusion of the said Project.

This announcement is dated 14 December 2016.

 

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