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A roaring victory in the Lion City

Joyce Shamini 

All smiles from the Singapore based tender team. Front left to right: Yeoh Ting Hee, Kenny Yong, Jefry Santhosam, Bennett Chang. 

Back left to right: Tan Pei Qi, Lee Yek Chan, Eileen Teo, Grace Chong, Tee Dick Way 

 

Last February, a joint venture between Gamuda Singapore and Wai Fong Construction Pte Ltd. broke new grounds with the award for constructing Defu Station and Tunnels package worth SGD$467 million (RM1.45 billion) from the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA). Unprecedented for a Malaysian contractor, it was a landmark achievement for Gamuda as a relative newcomer in the landscape. 

In Singaporean government projects, companies are allocated tender limits based on their business grades. Making a thorough review of the organisation’s track record, financial position, workforce personnel, growth, and more, this process could make or break the bidder’s chances of prequalifying in the first place. Over the last 1.5 years, Gamuda Singapore tendered for six contracts in the latest MRT line known as the Cross Island Line where each could involve up to 15 unique competitors vying for the job.  

Considering that each tender process typically takes 5-7 months, with numerous presentations to LTA, it was no small feat for a lean team of just 10-15 persons, said Assistant Tunnel Manager, Jefry Santhosam. Facing overwhelming competition from local bidders and veteran players from Japan, China, Korea and Australia, nerve-racking prequalification rounds, and enduring long tender cycles – the journey was an emotional yet fruitful one for the team. 

On arriving at this crowning moment, Jefry shared that it was not an overnight success but rather the culmination of Gamuda’s long term proven expertise and innovations across various projects. For example, the construction of the Gali Batu Multi-Storey Bus Depot was pivotal in establishing its reputation in the region while gaining exposure to the local supply chain. Jefry also cited that the digital innovations from the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit project, such as the Autonomous Tunnel Boring Machine were also compelling factors that propelled the organisation onto the global stage. 

The story of Gamuda Singapore is truly one of perseverance and unyielding faith in the capabilities of our colleagues and leaders. Standing on the shoulders of giants, we all play a part in securing the Group’s future success in Singapore by continuously delivering our best! 

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